Charles Leclerc has his sights set on a third-place finish in the F1 drivers’ championship.
Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc will be hit by a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after an engine failure at the Circuit of the Americas has caused him to go above the parts limit.
During practice for the U.S. Grand Prix, Leclerc suffered a power unit failure and was forced to complete the remainder of the weekend with and older, previous specification unit. On Tuesday ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ferrari has confirmed that Leclerc will start the weekend with a 10-place grid drop to his name.
Unwilling to confirm the component that failed, team boss Mattia Binotto again refuted claims that Ferrari’s pace advantage, which appeared to all but disappear in the U.S. race, was anything to do with an overuse of the cars’ hybrid system—a practice which has now been outlawed by a regulatory clarification.
“Charles will get a new power unit (at Interlagos), as his was damaged on Saturday in Austin, which meant he had to use a previously used and less powerful version for the rest of the weekend,” said Binotto. “Fitting a new power unit means taking a grid penalty in Sao Paulo, but we should be back to our normal performance level and show some fighting spirit to finish the season on a high note.”
Leclerc enters the second-to-last race of the season in a tight battle for third place in the F1 drivers’ championship standings. He sits third, just 14 points up on Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 19 points ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
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