Ferrari to use new fuel efficient engine in Canada

The world championship-leading Ferrari team has come up with a solution to the fuel consumption problems which have led to a lack of flexibility in the Italian team's pitstop strategy in recent races

Ferrari to use new fuel efficient engine in Canada

Ferrari has been outgunned by its McLaren rival's ability to keep its drivers out on the track for longer in the last few Grands Prix, leading to a more flexible race strategy for the Woking-based team. McLaren is thought to have a larger-capacity fuel tank in its MP4-16 then Ferrari's F2001, but reports also suggest that the Maranello team's V10 is thirstier than its Mercedes counterpart.

In response, Ferrari has developed a new, more efficient engine, which reduces the amount of fuel burnt when the car is braking. The team is hoping to use the unit for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, where fuel consumption is at a premium and heavy braking is a feature.

"We have had a different strategy from them [McLaren] this year," said Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt. "But in Monaco we did what we had to to come first and second. We know there is still work to do on both set-up and engine, but in Montreal we should be in a very good condition."

As well as offering improved efficiency, the new engine is also thought to be more powerful, enabling the Italian team to keep on terms with Mercedes and BMW, which powers the ever-improving Williams team.

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