Charles Leclerc avoided a grid penalty for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Ferrari fitted new parts to Leclerc’s car but reused an old turbo to avoid a penalty on Friday. However, Leclerc can still switch games before qualifying and be given a race penalty.
According to Autosport, Ferrari has confirmed that the Monegasque’s engine is not repairable.
They said: “One of the possible causes for the failure is that it happened as a result of the PU problem in Spain.” If the engine cannot be repaired, the Ferrari star will likely need a new power unit and turbo, which could result in an FIA sanction.
If Leclerc takes the penalty, it is likely that the penalty imposed will be a loss of 10 grid places, meaning Leclerc will start 11th if he continues his pole position streak on Saturday. Leclerc can now choose between using an old engine or taking a new one and being hit with a penalty.
It is understood that Leclerc and the team are still in discussions over whether to take the new parts and whether this will result in penalties. However, Leclerc’s chances of securing victory are not exhausted as the FIA has set up three DRS zones in Montreal in an effort to help overtaking.
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The Ferrari star was more than 40 points clear of Verstappen after the Australian Grand Prix but has since fallen to 34 points behind.
Leclerc was expelled from the Spanish and Azerbaijan Grands Prix after suffering mechanical breakdowns while Verstappen took the win. In Monaco, Leclerc seemed to have the pace to win his home race, but poor strategy mistakes by Ferrari handed victory to Red Bull and Sergio Perez.