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Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc drives on the track in a Ferrari car. © Sergei Grits/AP/dpa

Charles Leclerc may have to accept a starting place penalty of ten places at the Canadian Grand Prix.

MONTREAL – Discussions about using another new engine, with which Ferrari would already exceed the limit, are still in full swing, said the 24-year-old Formula 1 driver from Monaco at a press conference in Montreal.

“We’re not in the best position to win,” he admitted. “It is part of our discussion to choose the best course to accept a penalty.” The track on the Isle of Notre-Dame is a good course for overtaking, which would speak for the penalty in the upcoming race.

Meanwhile, his racing team confirmed that the engine from the race in Baku, which Leclerc was unable to finish, is defective. That was the result of the investigations in Maranello. The team could install another used engine in Canada instead of another new one to avoid a penalty for Leclerc.

Otherwise, Leclerc is convinced that Ferrari will soon be able to show the strength of the new car again on the Sundays. It is only a matter of days before the Scuderia can show the speed, said the Ferrari driver, who recently started from pole four times but was never victorious. Referring to the team’s determination, he emphasized: “I don’t have to send a message. The motivation is extremely high and we are working extremely hard as a team to win again as quickly as possible.”

In the Canadian Grand Prix this Sunday (8 p.m. / Sky), Monegasse will only start third overall behind the leading defending champion Max Verstappen from Red Bull and his teammate Sergio Perez. Leclerc is 34 points behind the top. dpa

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