Ferrari aims to draw level with rivals on power unit performance in 2022


In the round-up: After making a clear step forward with its new power unit for the 2021 F1 season, Mattia Binotto says Ferrari aim to close the gap to their rivals next year, when engines will be frozen.

In brief

Binotto: Ferrari’s power unit closer to rivals

Binotto says that after a frustrating 2020 season and despite development limitations this year, their power unit is progressing well against the benchmark of their rivals.

“I think we are still lacking on the engine, less than before, certainly, so the gap has closed and I think we are converging,” said Binotto following Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

“Hopefully by next year when we will have again a new power unit, we may catch up on our benchmark for the others.”

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

Grosjean crash prompts medical team changes at Paul Ricard

Marshal, Paul Ricard
Paul Ricard has made safety improvements

The Paul Ricard circuit, which will host the French Grand Prix in June, has used the Covid-19 downtime to improve its fire and safety protocols, in response to Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The team, which is present at championships which do not supply their own medical service as F1 does, will consist of three members: A doctor, a nurse and a trained firefighter. The presence of the latter allows the others to attend an injured driver while the firefighter douses any flames. They aim to have safety personnel on the scene of any fire within 90 seconds.

Paul Ricard is the first circuit in France to implement such a protocol and to use the specialised Rosenbauer foam extinguisher the fire fighter will be equipped with, which has eight times the capacity of a standard extinguisher.

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On this day in F1

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Nakano, 50 today, made his F1 debut with Prost and later drove for Minardi
  • Born on this day in 1971: Future Prost and Minardi F1 driver Shinji Nakano, who shares the record for the best result scored by a Japanese driver on their debut, seventh, with Satoru Nakajima

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