It is more and more probable that, at the Canadian F1 GP, Leclerc will “unmark” a fourth engine that will alternate with the third in the next races. At the Cavallino box, they are convinced that even if he starts from the back, the Monegasque can still finish fourth
From our correspondent Andrea Cremonesi
– montreal (canada)
The summer in Montreal, sun, 26 degrees, asphalt at 40, gave way to an autumn day for the Canadian F1 GP: rain at times that could affect qualifying, temperatures around ten degrees and annoying wind. Weather conditions that are convincing Ferrari in these hours to choose the radical option of using 24 hours after having mounted the third power unit, the fourth, on the car of Charles Leclerc. The technical reason is to be able to have two very fresh engines to throw into the fray on tracks like Silverstone and Zeltweg where horses count. A move that could also undermine the certainties of Red Bull, forced to fight in the middle phase of the championship with the second Honda power units that will accumulate more kilometers than Charles.
If, as it seems, Ferrari really decides to mount the fourth unit, Leclerc will be forced to start tomorrow from the back of the grid. In this context and with the critical grip conditions of the wet asphalt (difficult for it to dry in time for qualifying even if the rain could stop) Leclerc would participate in the first phase of qualifying as well as in FP3 at least (perhaps with the goal, symbolic, to start in front of Yuki Tsnuoda’s AlphaTauri who has already anticipated the Ferrari strategy) and then remain in the pits to avoid possible damage. Maranello’s reasoning is as follows: even with only ten positions to be served on the grid, it is difficult to imagine arriving better than fourth, or in front of the two Red Bulls and Sainz, but the same time with such a strong F1-75 to recover from the bottom would bring to the same result. With Mercedes plagued by porpoising, what credible obstacles would there be? Maybe Gasly, maybe Alonso. In short, a Leclerc at the foot of the podium before returning to play for pole and victory since the British GP
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