File photograph of Charles Leclerc in his automobile.© AFP
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was on Wednesday hit with a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The sanction was meted out by Method One’s rulers the FIA after Ferrari had been compelled to vary the ability unit twice in Leclerc’s automobile on the season-opening race in Bahrain. Ferrari then moved to make use of a 3rd energy unit for the race in Saudi Arabia, breaking the principles that solely allow two modifications in a complete season. Leclerc, who’s already 25 factors adrift of double world champion Max Verstappen’s Purple Bull after he failed to complete in Bahrain, faces additional penalties if extra components must be modified on his automobile forward of Sunday’s race in Jeddah.
Ferrari’s new group principal Fred Vasseur defined what had gone incorrect for the scuderia in Bahrain.
“On Sunday, we had two completely different points,” he advised Formula1.com.
“The primary one was on the Sunday morning, after we did the fireplace up, and the second was within the race. Sadly, it was two occasions the management unit, the ECU.
“It is one thing that we by no means skilled prior to now. I hope now it is beneath management, however we’ve a deep evaluation on this.”
The previous Alfa Romeo chief, who took over from Matteo Binotti after final yr’s reliability-hit marketing campaign, added: “Sadly, we’ll should take the penalty in Jeddah, as a result of we’ve solely a pool of two management items for the season.”
In Bahrain, Leclerc was operating a snug third when he skilled a lack of energy on lap 47 and retired, Verstappen happening to win from Sergio Perez for a Purple Bull 1-2.
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