Laurent Mekies admits that the brand-new Ferrari power unit specification will be fitted in Carlos Sainz’s car in the upcoming races.

Why it matters: Ferrari has introduced a new power unit ahead of the Russian GP and Charles Leclerc is the only driver at the moment that has it.


  • Mekies reveals that Ferrari is looking for the best timeslot possible to give Sainz a new engine because of a grid drop.
  • The Ferrari racing director confirms that the team is gathering data from the new power unit to develop the 2022 project.

What he had to say:

  • “The difference in performance is never going to be huge because it’s all about adding these small steps. The sporting penalty is significant. We are also fighting for every single point for the constructors’ championship so we are trying to evaluate when it is reasonable to do it from performance versus penalty point of view.”
  • “The main target with this power unit is above all to work for next year. So the big push from the company to try to bring this new hybrid system as early as now, is to make sure that we can confirm that all the processes, all the direction of development that we have for next year’s PU is confirmed with the race track feedback.”

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