Ferrari is convinced that last season’s reliability problems have been solved, engine boss Enrico Gaultieri told Autosport. After testing the power source on the test bench, the conclusion can be called positive and the problems seem to have been resolved.
It is hopeful news for the Scuderia, but Gaultieri is cautious. The Italian knows all too well that results from the test bench do not have to translate directly into real life. In addition, the engine is basically the same because of the engine freeze, where only the reliability of the block may be tinkered with.
Let that be Ferrari’s biggest pain point in 2022. “That’s why we worked hard during the winter to solve the biggest problems and achieve the desired reliability level. That was the goal and that’s what our work for 2023 was based on. We focused on the combustion engine and electric motor,’ explains Gaultieri.
Ferrari learns from experience
Ferrari also tried to benefit from the knowledge gained on the track last season. “So we looked at the weaknesses of the parts used,” the engine expert continues. ‘Multiple design features were examined. “But at the same time, we have also revised our assembly procedures where necessary. The work involved all engine personnel, as well as our colleagues in the supply chain and our suppliers.”
As a result, the test bench results were positive when it comes to the reliability of the ‘new’ engine. “We’ve had some positive feedback on the test bench on some of the changes we’ve made. But, as usual, the track will tell us if we did it right,” concludes Gaultieri.
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