Charles Leclerc has a difficult Brazilian Grand Prix ahead. His engine, which broke in the third free practice for the United States Grand Prix, could not be repaired. This means that the Monegasque driver must have a completely new engine built-in, according to a Ferrari spokesperson.
In the United States, Leclerc missed almost the entire third free practice due to an oil leak in his engine. Ferrari had to change the power unit prior to qualifying for an older one. Closer inspection has shown that this engine has also been damaged, as a result of which the use of this engine is no longer possible. Using the old engine for a further 2 races would be a great risk so it will no longer be used, that is why the 22-year-old Leclerc will have a completely new engine installed.
This ensures that he gets a 10 place grid penalty, making his race on Interlagos a lot harder. The good news for Leclerc: Ferrari has indicated that he can drive at full power, to rebuke all “cheating” allegations.
“Charles will get a new power source in Brazil because the previous one was damaged in Austin on Saturday,” Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said in a preview at the Brazilian Grand Prix. “That meant he had to use a previously used and less powerful version of the engine for the rest of the weekend.”
“We incur a grid penalty by placing a new engine, but we would have to perform at our normal level again and show fighting spirit to end the season positively. That will be important to ensure that we make progress with our car and taking that momentum to work in the winter. I know that our drivers and the whole team are fully focused on that. “
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