Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2021

Sainz to start at back in Istanbul after power unit upgrade

2021 Turkish Grand Prix

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Ferrari has confirmed it will fit its new power unit to Carlos Sainz Jnr’s car at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc was the first of the team’s drivers to use the upgraded engine at the previous round in Russia. Although the upgrade applies only to the hybrid part of the hardware, Sainz’s entire power unit will be replaced.

“As was the case for Charles Leclerc in Russia, in Turkey Carlos Sainz will take a completely new power unit fitted with the new hybrid system,” said the team in a statement. “Therefore he will start from the back of the grid with the aim of climbing up the order to try and score some points.”

The team’s power unit customers Alfa Romeo and Haas are not expected to receive the upgraded power unit before the end of the season.

Ferrari also confirmed team principal Mattia Binotto will not attend the race but will supervise operations from the team’s factory in Italy instead. While he will follow the team’s progress through their remote garage, Ferrari said his focus will be on development of their new car for the 2022 F1 season.

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Power unit parts used so far

No. Car Engine Driver ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX
31 Alpine Renault Esteban Ocon 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
14 Alpine Renault Fernando Alonso 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
10 AlphaTauri Honda Pierre Gasly 4 4 4 4 3 3 7
33 Red Bull Honda Max Verstappen 4 4 4 4 3 3 7
11 Red Bull Honda Sergio Perez 4 4 4 4 4 4 6
55 Ferrari Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jnr 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
7 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
99 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
77 Mercedes Mercedes Valtteri Bottas 5 5 5 4 2 3 4
16 Ferrari Ferrari Charles Leclerc 4 4 4 2 3 3 5
22 AlphaTauri Honda Yuki Tsunoda 3 3 3 3 3 3 5
4 McLaren Mercedes Lando Norris 3 3 3 3 2 2 5
47 Haas Ferrari Mick Schumacher 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
9 Haas Ferrari Nikita Mazepin 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
31 Williams Mercedes Nicholas Latifi 4 4 4 2 2 2 3
5 Aston Martin Mercedes Sebastian Vettel 3 3 3 3 2 2 4
44 Mercedes Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
63 Williams Mercedes George Russell 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
3 McLaren Mercedes Daniel Ricciardo 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
18 Aston Martin Mercedes Lance Stroll 3 3 3 2 2 2 3

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10 comments on “Sainz to start at back in Istanbul after power unit upgrade”

  1. Your move, Mercedes AMG.

  2. I fully see this coming. His starting will be P20 as long as Mercedes doesn’t do the same for Hamilton. One higher if they do, as his theoretical position loss is 50 (all components bar EX & MGU-K), while Hamilton would presumably have 60 (all bar EX). I hope Merc doesn’t take the hit unless they’re skeptical about reliability lasting until the season’s end.

      1. Also, starting position. I should pay more attention when typing.

  3. Jonathan Parkin
    6th October 2021, 19:33

    I hate these engine and gearbox penalties

    1. I don’t, they spice things up, made some races way more interesting the last few years, I remember races where we had 3-4 front runners starting from the back!

      1. In what way, it is a given that quick cars can still end up winning.

      2. Wel all right, let’s have reverse grids then

  4. What is the logic behind the sort order in that table?

    1. @Tim If I can read correctly, the order is most components used overall from top to bottom.

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