Canadian GP: Leclerc penalized

After his second retirement with an engine problem in Baku last weekend, Charles Leclerc will be penalized on the starting grid of the Canadian Grand Prix due to the use of an out-of-quota element.

The waltz of engine penalties will start this weekend! With 22 Grands Prix on the calendar this season, while 23 meetings were initially planned, the drivers have to deal with a limited number of engine elements and reliability will be essential in the race for the title. However, after suffering a breakdown of its turbo-compressor and its thermal energy recovery system during the Spanish Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc suffered another setback in Azerbaijan last weekend with an engine failure that condemned him to another retirement as he led the race ahead of the Red Bull Racing of Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen, then winner in Baku and ever more solid leader of the championship. Faced with this new breakdown and due to the lack of time between the Azerbaijani and Canadian rounds of the world championship, Ferrari took the radical decision to mount a completely new engine in the Monegasque F1-75.

Leclerc under threat of a ten-place penalty

Saturday, shortly after midnight, the account Twitter of Formula 1 indicated that Charles Leclerc will receive a penalty on the grid, but without specifying the number of places. According to Italian journalist Giuliano Duchessa, via his account TwitterLeclerc will use a completely new third engine including a fourth turbo-compressor “. This will not be without consequence for the race of the Monegasque. In fact, according to F1 sporting regulations, a driver cannot use more than three thermal engines, three thermal energy recovery systems, three turbo-compressors, three kinetic energy recovery systems, two batteries, two electronics and eight exhaust manifolds. Gold, with the fourth turbo-compressor announced, Charles Leclerc will have to suffer a heavy penalty on the starting grid. Any use of a first out-of-quota element implies a drop of ten places, against five for the following elements. In addition, the penalties in this area are accumulated over a weekend and, if the total exceeds fifteen places, the driver concerned is sent directly to the back of the grid. In other words, on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Charles Leclerc could face quite a challenge.

Ferrari confirms that the engine is beyond repair

Ahead of the first free practice for the Canadian Grand Prix this Friday, Scuderia Ferrari took stock of the incident that Charles Leclerc suffered in Azerbaijan and the sentence fell for the Monegasque. ” The investigation confirmed that Charles’s power unit in Baku is beyond repair, said the Italian team in a press release. One of the possible causes of the failure is that it occurred as a result of the power unit problem in Spain. We are now working on countermeasures to strengthen the power unit and the situation is under control. Facing the press, Charles Leclerc did not want to confirm a possible engine change but admitted that the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve could be the best place to take penalties. ” This is one of the circuits on which it is rather easy to overtake, but there are also other tracks among the next three or four where it is quite easy to overtake, added the Monegasque. We will discuss and make a decision by then. »


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