It’s been a tough few race weekends for Charles Leclerc. From engine issues in Spain and Baku to a Ferrari cock-up with strategy in Monaco costing him a potential win, Leclerc was probably hoping Canada would be a fresh start.
However, it could be that Charles is whacked with a grid penalty this weekend. The Ferrari driver suffered another engine issue last weekend, with the team stating that his Baku power unit “is beyond repair”. Uh oh 😳
“One possible cause of the failure is that it occurred as a consequence of the PU problem in Spain,” the statement continued. “We are now working on countermeasures to strengthen the package, and the situation is under control.”
With the current F1 rules, a team can only use a certain number of parts on a car before needing to take a grid penalty. If Ferrari cannot recycle an old turbocharger for Charles, he’ll be forced to take a grid penalty in Canada.
“It’s up to us to choose the best track where you want to get a penalty – if you get a penalty,” Leclerc told media, including The Race, ahead of Friday’s practice sessions.
“This is one of the tracks where it’s actually quite easy to overtake.”
What a nightmare!