Gaps have been piling up for Leclerc since last month’s Spanish Grand Prix, who has proven himself a serious title contender after winning two of his first three races this season.
Engine betrayal Last Sunday in Baku, AzerbaijanLeclerc was forced to retire for the second time in three races, putting him third in the championship, 34 points behind leader Verstappen.
Ferrari confirmed on Friday that the engine had been damaged
Can not be Fixed Asking them to make alterations, including installing a new electronic control unit. Suddenly, Leclerc will be penalized 10 places on the grid in Montreal.
The Scuderia could still decide by Sunday to change the engine entirely, which would result in a new penalty and a driver conviction from the back of the grid. Remember, Leclerc has had six leadership positions in eight races this season.
Asked about this before the first free practice at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit on Friday morning, Leclerc admitted that the situation was delicate.
Of course, we are not in the best positions. We are continuing to discuss changing the engine. At the moment, no decision has been made, but this is clearly not the best situation.
One thing is for sure, Ferrari will want to rebound this weekend after the double abandonment of Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Baku.
This is one of the circles that are easy to bypassLeclerc philosophized, as if trying to encourage himself at the idea of being punished.
The origin of the engine failure in Baku could be the Spanish Grand Prix, where Leclerc had to retire while he was racing.
Ferrari explained in a statement that one of the possible reasons for the failure was that it occurred as a result of a problem with the power unit in Spain. We are now working on countermeasures to strengthen the power unit and bring the situation under control.
Ferrari’s priority on Sunday will be to ensure its cars are reliable so they cross the finish line.
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