Formula One

Several Teams Updating Cars Ahead of Spanish Grand Prix

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With new rules and regulations for the 2019 Formula 1 season, each manufacture put together their best package and unveiled it prior to the first test session.

Now four races into the season, it appears both competitors and fans know where they stand against each other. Ferrari and Mercedes have proven to be evenly matched at the top with different strengths and weaknesses, with Red Horse Racing right behind them. Still, the silver arrows has been able to win all four events, evenly split between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

As the competition hopes to close the ground, several manufactures are introducing updates ahead of this weekend.

Ferrari have revealed they are making a power unit change, which includes a series of upgrades. Although it could prove to be an advantage for Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, it will be interesting to see how it pans out later into the season as they now must run the final 17 races on two units of the latest spec, or switch back to the original power unit.

The decision comes as they enter the Barcelona City Circuit, trailing Mercedes by 74 points in the constructor’s standings.

“We are currently behind in the championship and we have to catch up, which we know means that our development work will be the key to this season,” Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto said. “Having brought a new aerodynamic package to Baku, we will also bring some developments in this area to Barcelona.

“On top of that, we will have a new power unit that we are introducing ahead of schedule, as the second specification was due to be brought to Canada. Shell, in close collaboration with our team, has developed a different formulation of race lubricant that will also be introduced with the new power unit, delivering increased performance.”


Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing instead opted to make a series of “fairly subtle” changes ahead of this weekend.

“It’s basically an evolution so it’ll be the usual front and rear wings upgrades,” Team Principal Christian Horner said. “It’s evolution rather than revolution. [The] development is focused on different aspects of balance, degradation, all of those things.”

Haas F1 team is making a “significant upgrade” ahead of this weekend’s event, including changes to the front wing, floor, and other smaller parts.

“We’ve had four races and only one was almost completely executed – in Australia – and I say almost as we only had one car at the finish,” Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner said. “We know we can qualify well. Barcelona in pre-season testing was a very good track for us. We looked very competitive, but we need to show it in a race weekend. We want to show everyone how good we should be if we get the tyres to work.”

Through the first four races, they have struggled with building temperature with the tires. Historically, the Barcelona City Circuit has proven easier to do that due to the high-pace.

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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