Ferrari hope Alfa take new control electronics ‘soon’

Michelle Foster
Antonio Giovinazzi believes the deficit to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is normal.

Antonio Giovinazzi believes the deficit to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is normal.

After Antonio Giovinazzi’s engine issues in Shanghai, Ferrari are hoping Alfa Romeo switch to their updated control electronics for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc’s SF90 dropped a cylinder at the Bahrain Grand Prix costing the Monégasque driver the victory as he had been leading before the loss of power dropped him to third.

Given his issues Ferrari introduced new control electronics in Shanghai with both Scuderia drivers and the Haas pairing taking the new unit.

Alfa Romeo opted not to.

That proven to be a disaster for Giovinazzi who had issues on the Friday before sitting out Saturday’s qualifying as he engine also dropped a cylinder.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto hopes Alfa Romeo now take the update sooner rather than later.

He told Autosport: “We changed it because on Charles’ car it failed in Bahrain.

“We know that with the initial spec of the control units we had some reliability issues so we changed it simply for a better unit.

“So, we change it on Seb as well, for precaution, we had to change it on Charles’ because it was failed, and we asked our customer teams as well to change them.

“Haas did it, Alfa didn’t do it for installation issues, they felt [it was] too complicated, too risky for the change they had to do on installation.

“As a result, Antonio Giovinazzi had an issue again in qualy.

“So, hopefully it will be changed as soon as possible there as well.”

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