Ferrari MGU-K identified as major weakness for Haas

Every Ferrari-powered team has been encountering reliability issues recently.

Ferrari’s MGU-K is the biggest hurdle facing the Haas team at the moment after a number of failures in the last few rounds of the year.

Magnussen was delayed in his garage for some of qualifying in both Bahrain and Imola, before suffering failures that put him out of both the Monaco Grand Prix and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The issues all stemmed from Ferrari’s power unit, and while it is not certain exactly where the problems came from, Auto Motor und Sport believe that the issue at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was down to the MGU-K.

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Mick Schumacher, meanwhile, suffered a problem during practice in Monaco – along with Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas – with the same fate befalling him in Montreal while he was in a position to score points.

Following the Canadian Grand Prix, Schumacher has joined Magnussen in going onto his final permitted MGU-K of the season.

This, therefore, is the main concern for a Haas team looking to involve themselves in the midfield battle in 2022.

All of the Ferrari-powered teams have been left scratching their heads as to why their reliability has not been where they would have liked of late.

Between the works team, Alfa Romeo and Haas, there have been 12 failures or issues in the back of the cars in the last four rounds of the season, including three for the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

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Both the Scuderia drivers ended up out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, two races after Leclerc lost the win in Barcelona due to an MGU-K issue of his own.

The Monegasque’s failure to finish in Baku is thought to be a result of an undetected issue caused by the Spanish retirement.

Zhou Guanyu was also unable to finish in Montmelo due to an MGU-K problem, and he too ended up out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix along with Leclerc.

There appear to be some fundamental flaws beginning to appear with the Maranello-built power units, but Schumacher took the positives having been denied a points score in Canada.

The German had qualified sixth behind Magnussen as the American side equalled their best-ever qualifying result, but the 29-year-old was given a black and orange flag after contact with Sir Lewis Hamilton off the start, ruining his race.

Schumacher was running in the top 10 when he suffered the failure, so he had positives to take away from his performance despite the team walking away from the race empty-handed.

“Obviously it’s nice to have a good result but it’s also something to build on,” he said in the media pen after the race.

“And, you know, just prove to everybody yes, I am here for a reason.

“I was hoping for more, I think there was more in the car and myself, I just didn’t maximise the last set because of traffic and other moments. 

“But in general, very, very happy about qualifying. But I think everybody’s also cautiously happy about it, just because we still have tomorrow to go for. 

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“But overall, I think we’ve done a good job today, which is good for the team, but also good for us.”

Haas’ UK base in Banbury is about a 25-minute drive from Silverstone, where the circus travels next weekend, so it would be an ideal place to break their streak and score points for the first time in six races.