Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2018

Ferrari confirms engine change for Raikkonen

2018 Spanish Grand Prix

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Ferrari will change Kimi Raikkonen’s engine following his stoppage in the second practice session, the team has confirmed.

The team announced on social media “the full block – ICE, turbo and MGU-H – on Kimi’s car will be taken down for checks and replaced for tomorrow.”

As drivers may only use three separate power units over the course of the 21-race season, the change puts Raikkonen at risk of a penalty later in the year. With each power unit needing to cover seven races on average, Raikkonen has moved onto his second example after four. However the unit could return to service later in the season if Ferrari believes it can withstand another race distance.

Raikkonen is the third driver to use his second engine, turbocharger and MGU-H this year, joining Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) and Pierre Gasly (Honda). Brendon Hartley has also changed his turbocharger and MGU-H, and the two Renault drivers are also on their second MGU-Hs.

All six Mercedes-powered drivers are still using all six of their original power unit parts.

Speaking before the engine change was announced Raikkonen said he didn’t expect the stoppage to have a beating on his weekend.

“I don’t know what happened, we’ll find out later,” he said. “It should not affect anything going forwards.”

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  • 2 comments on “Ferrari confirms engine change for Raikkonen”

    1. FErrari again switching engine components early like year. Seb has already a 2nd CE on his car.

    2. Moving to the 2nd copy out of the three (two for some) allocated ones of a PU element this early in the season already doesn’t bode too well for him during the course of the remainder of the season especially if he won’t be able to re-use the first copies that are going to get replaced now again later in the season.

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