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Ferrari accuses cylinder failure, not MGU-H



Date Posted: April 1, 2019

Ferrari believes that "bad cylinder combustion" was the cause of Charles Leclerc's engine problems in Bahrain, not a MGU-H outage.

Leclerc led Sunday's race at the Bahrain International Circuit when he reported a problem with his engine.

He lost to the backcountry five seconds per lap and was quickly caught by Lewis Hamilton before Mercedes overtook him also by Valtteri Bottas.

Leclerc would manage to lose more ground if Safety Safety Car had not neutralized the race.

The Monaco rider, however, was still disappointed when his first victory in the Formula One Grand Prix was stolen by car problems.

These issues, team boss Mattia Binotto said, are the result of a cylinder failure

"We are now testing the engine so we do not have a clear explanation of what happened," he said. "It's a motor problem."

"We had a miss on a cylinder, but it should be understood [the reason is].

"The engine will return to Maranello to get a careful check, because if that happens, you'll need to take it with you to carry out your checks carefully, but the engine ran at the end of the race so it could still run

"We will certainly use it on Friday in China and have a full Friday to assess its behavior, functionality and performance."

Regarding the initial assessment that it is an MGU-H Binotto said, "I do not know where the rumors came from." At MGU-H, there was nothing wrong with that.

"If this happens, try to continue the recovery with respect to any combustion control assignment that could be made You may be trying to at least try to change the mapping.

"They're trying to see if there's any way to do it better." That was not the case today o we had to make the race.

"It was a brave decision to continue under these conditions. But in the end it was a third place that was important, so that probably the right decision can be made.

Binotto believes that Sunday's problem is easy to fix despite its huge consequences.

"It is a single problem that is easily addressed. It does not refer to the way we use the engine or the mapping or whatever.

"We must find out."

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