Ferrari deny turning down the engines in Canada over reliability concerns

Ferrari did not stall their engines at the Canadian Grand Prix, Mattia Binotto says their reliability issues are “under control”.

After a flying start to this year’s championship, reliability issues began to creep into Ferrari’s season, particularly when it comes to their power unit.

While both their clients, Alfa Romeo and Haas, are knocking on the door of engine penalties, Charles Leclerc took the hit at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Ferrari initially replaced every part except the turbo, the part that had failed during the previous race in Baku, on Friday, giving the driver a 10-place grid penalty.

On Saturday, however, they did put in a new turbo, so Leclerc started the race at the very back of the grid. He bounced back to P5.

As for his team-mate Carlos Sainz, he stuck to his Baku powerplant and raced his way into second from third on the grid.

But while the Spaniard spent the last 15 laps right on the rear wing of race leader Max Verstappen and even set the fastest lap of the Grand Prix on lap 63 of 70, he was unable to launch an attack – let alone make a pass.

That, coupled with the fact that Leclerc didn’t find it as easy to pass backmarkers as he expected, led experts to speculate as to whether Ferrari had shut down the engines for fear of reliability issues.

Team boss Mattia Binotto denied this.

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto walks through the paddock.  Australia, Apr 2022.

“No, we were at full throttle,” he told the Italian edition of Motorsport.com.

“We did not expect what happened in Baku because it happened incomprehensibly at very low kilometers, now we have introduced two new powerplants with Charles, so we will have breathing room for some, yes for many races.

“Unless there are situations that we don’t understand, I would say that for the next GPs there will be no worries or rather everything is under control.”

With a new engine on board his F1-75, Binotto hopes Leclerc can regain his 49-point deficit over Max Verstappen in the drivers’ championship.

“Now we certainly have new power sources for the next races, and we have four more races until the summer break,” said the Italian.

“It will be important for him where he can attack and try to win back some points if he can.”

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