Charles Leclerc gets 10-place penalty for new Ferrari engine

Charles Leclerc received a 10-place grid penalty as Ferrari replaced its engine before the Canadian Grand Prix.

An engine failure forced Leclerc out of last week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, while Ferrari deemed the engine “beyond repair”. The FIA ​​announced after Friday’s second practice that Leclerc had taken his third fresh power plant of the year and would be penalized at the start of Sunday’s race.

Yuki Sonoda also received a 10-place grid penalty on Friday when AlphaTauri handed the Japanese driver his fourth engine of the season.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s practice, Leclerc admitted that his setbacks this season have left him “not in the best shape” as he battles Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez for the championship.

Verstappen, the winner of five races this season and the current points leader, was the fastest in both Friday’s drills in Montreal. Leclerc finished the day second fastest, just 0.081 seconds away from Verstappen.

“The momentum, in general, is positive,” Leclerc said.

Leclerc has suffered several setbacks since winning two of the first three races of this season to take the lead in the F1 standings. He took early retirement in Spain and Baku and failed to make four consecutive starts from pole leading into Sunday’s race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Leclerc has moved up to third in the standings, behind both Red Bull drivers.

“We obviously can’t hide, it’s hard to take three races in a row with problems or mistakes,” Leclerc said. “But as a team, I think we’re working very hard to try to get to the top of those things as quickly as possible. I think it’s clear to everyone that the motivation is still very high.” We are still working hard as a team and we want to get back to victory as soon as possible.

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