The work of the Monegasque driver at the Jill Villeneuve circuit is becoming more and more difficult, as he will be punished on the grid of Sunday’s race.
Following the abandonment to the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, the margins for Scuderia Ferrari had narrowed considerably in terms of the availability of components in the Charles Leclerc power unit. Given that an internal combustion engine, an MGU-H and two turbos in the Monegasque car had already been damaged, a penalty was inevitable and the question was when it would come.
As it became known in the FP1 of the Grand Prix Canada, Ferrari put a new internal combustion engine, new MGU-H and new MGU-K in the Monegasque car. After the end of FP2, however, it was announced that the Italian engineers had added a new CE (Control Electronics) to the F1-75. This is the third for this year and given that the regulations allow the use of two, Leclerc will receive a penalty of 10 places at the start of Sunday’s match.
This is the first time that the 24-year-old is forced to take an extra component from the limit of the regulations and it will probably not be the last in 2022. So far he has 6 pole positions in 8 races, however the best position he can start in Montreal is the 11th. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Thus, Ferrari places its hopes on Carlos Sainte, who does not yet have a pole position or victory in his career.