Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2020

Ferrari change both engines as a precaution following Vettel’s failure

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Ferrari’s drivers will each use a new engine, turbo and MGU-H for the rest of the weekend following the failure on Sebastian Vettel’s car yesterday.

Vettel’s power unit failed shortly before the end of the second practice session, dropping a substantial amount of fluid on the circuit. He said the fault struck with no warning.

In response Ferrari has changed his power unit and that of team mate Charles Leclerc. The double change was made “as a precaution”, said Ferrari in a statement.

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon also had new power units fitted this weekend. Honda said the change was made “to open up flexibility in terms of power unit management”.

In Verstappen’s case all six power unit elements were replaced. Albon did not have a new energy store or control electronics fitted, having already taken new examples earlier in the season.

No.CarEngineDriverICETCMGU-HMGU-KESCE
23Red BullHondaAlexander Albon222222
33Red BullHondaMax Verstappen222222
10AlphaTauriHondaPierre Gasly222212
63WilliamsMercedesGeorge Russell222211
3RenaultRenaultDaniel Ricciardo222211
16FerrariFerrariCharles Leclerc222111
5FerrariFerrariSebastian Vettel222111
20HaasFerrariKevin Magnussen111122
99Alfa RomeoFerrariAntonio Giovinazzi111212
27Racing PointMercedesNico Hulkenberg111211
31WilliamsMercedesNicholas Latifi111211
77MercedesMercedesValtteri Bottas111211
18Racing PointMercedesLance Stroll111211
44MercedesMercedesLewis Hamilton111211
8HaasFerrariRomain Grosjean111111
26AlphaTauriHondaDaniil Kvyat111111
4McLarenRenaultLando Norris111111
55McLarenRenaultCarlos Sainz Jnr111111
7Alfa RomeoFerrariKimi Raikkonen111111
31RenaultRenaultEsteban Ocon111111

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One comment on “Ferrari change both engines as a precaution following Vettel’s failure”

  1. Does anyone know why the Ferrari customer teams haven’t changed? Do they run a different spec engine?

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