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Leclerc to take engine penalty

Leclerc to take engine penalty

Ahead of this weekends Russian Grand Prix, Ferrari have confirmed Charles Leclerc will be using a new power unit in which will result in him starting from the back of the grid on Sunday.

The Team Principle Mattia Binotto had confirmed the new power unit would be arriving very soon with upgrades.

The Monegasque driver is set to pay the price but its all for a good cause… The new power unit introduction will gather key data for the Italian team for when the 2022 engines are brought in.

It has not yet been decided when Carlos Sainz will receive a penalty of his own for running the new power unit but the Scuderia confirmed that it will be decided at a moment which will suit the team best in the future, as they “compromise between competitiveness and the impact of the penalty.”

The team said in a statement on Wednesday: “A great deal of effort has gone into this, both technically and logistically, and so as to be able to use it as soon as possible, its introduction will be staggered between the drivers. Charles will be the first to have the new hybrid system. This decision is a precautionary measure relating to the potential risk of using the battery pack damaged in his Hungarian GP accident.”

The team have lost a bit of ground to McLaren in the Constructors, after their rivals gained maximum points on Ferrari’s home turf at the latest round of the season, meaning the Italian team is now 15 points behind the Woking team in the Constructors.