When Scuderia Ferrari left the Circuit de Catalunya at the end of pre-season testing two months ago they appeared to be in great shape for the season ahead. Four one-twos for Mercedes later, things looks far less rosy for the red team.
The SF90 has shown occasional bursts of impressive pace, but the team cannot regularly tap into it. Complicating matters further, newcomer Charles Leclerchas reached to top end of the car’s capabilities more regularly than Sebastian Vettel has, and the team has needlessly squandered points by imposing the ‘correct’ running order on its drivers.
Can they settle back into their pre-season groove and deliver their first win since Kimi Raikkonen saw the chequered flag first in Austin last year? Yesterday’s revelation that they have brought forward a power unit upgrade by a full month is a serious declaration of intent.
About the new Ferrari power unit (PU2), AMuS informs that: it is has more horsepower, is more efficient (thanks to improvement in the hybrid part also because of the the new Shell fuel) and that the Maranello team has solved the teething issues of PU1 which slowed them a bit down in the first races of the 2019 Formula One season.