Leclerc to take penalty soon as Ferrari confirm Baku engine cannot be repaired

2022 Canadian Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc is preparing to take a grid penalty in one of the coming races after Ferrari confirmed the power unit which failed in his car during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix cannot be repaired.

The Ferrari driver suffered a failure while leading in Baku on Sunday. He has already used the maximum number of turbochargers permitted during a season, and will receive an automatic 10-place grid penalty if he takes another.

“Obviously we’re not in the best situation possible,” Leclerc admitted. “Then for the power unit change I think there are still ongoing discussions, we’ll try and push as much as possible the decision.

“For now, no decisions are taken. But it’s not the best situation to be in.”

Amid speculation he could take the penalty this weekend, Leclerc said coming races at Silverstone or the Red Bull Ring could also offer good opportunities to take a penalty for a power unit change.

“This is part of our discussions. It’s up to us to choose the best track where to get a penalty, if you get a penalty.

“This is one of the tracks where it’s actually quite easy to overtake but there are also some other tracks in the next three or four races, where it’s easier to overtake too. So we’ll discuss and try and take the best decision from there.”

Ferrari believe Leclerc’s race-ending failure last week may have occurred as a consequence of the earlier fault which put him out of the Spanish Grand Prix, also while he was leading.

“We are now working on countermeasures to strengthen the package and the situation is under control,” a spokesperson for the team added.

Ferrari and Red Bull broke the curfew on working hours in the paddock on Wednesday night at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It is the first time this year Ferrari have broken this curfew, one of several which are imposed over the course of a race weekend, and the second time for Red Bull. Teams are allowed to break the curfew a total of eight times during the season before incurring a penalty.

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Power unit components used prior to the Canadian Grand Prix

Car Engine Driver ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX
63 Mercedes Mercedes George Russell 2 2 2 2 1 1 3
44 Mercedes Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 2 2 2 2 1 1 3
1 Red Bull Red Bull Max Verstappen 2 2 2 2 1 1 3
11 Red Bull Red Bull Sergio Perez 2 2 2 2 1 1 4
16 Ferrari Ferrari Charles Leclerc 2 3 2 2 1 1 4
55 Ferrari Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jnr 2 2 2 2 1 2 4
3 McLaren Mercedes Daniel Ricciardo 2 2 2 2 1 1 2
4 McLaren Mercedes Lando Norris 2 2 2 2 1 1 2
14 Alpine Renault Fernando Alonso 4 4 4 4 3 3 4
31 Alpine Renault Esteban Ocon 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
10 AlphaTauri Red Bull Pierre Gasly 3 3 3 3 2 2 5
22 AlphaTauri Red Bull Yuki Tsunoda 3 3 3 3 1 1 4
18 Aston Martin Mercedes Lance Stroll 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
5 Aston Martin Mercedes Sebastian Vettel 2 2 2 3 2 2 2
23 Williams Mercedes Alexander Albon 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
6 Williams Mercedes Nicholas Latifi 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
77 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Valtteri Bottas 3 3 3 2 1 2 4
24 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Zhou Guanyu 2 2 2 2 1 1 3
20 Haas Ferrari Kevin Magnussen 2 2 2 3 2 2 3
47 Haas Ferrari Mick Schumacher 2 3 2 2 2 2 4

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6 comments on “Leclerc to take penalty soon as Ferrari confirm Baku engine cannot be repaired”

  1. I believe Binotto was prepared to had at least one ICE penalty from the start. Is this about taking more than once?

  2. Thus far, he’s only at penalty risk for TC, but he could also exceed his engine, MGU-H, MGU-K, ES, & CE further into the season.

  3. There is a rumor that they will take a turbo penalty here but I hope they can tough it out until the sprint race in Austria. The common denominator of their failures is heat and temps are expected relatively decent this weekend.

    Otherwise, it’s gonna be another blow for the championship and they need to try closing that huge gap asap.

    1. @cobray

      The common denominator of their failures is heat and temps are expected relatively decent this weekend.

      According to the rumours coming from Italy it’s the high fuel consumption of both tracks Catalunya and Baku 110 kg and 109 kg respectively that have caused the Ferrari PU to fail. Ferrari are using a 3 way ignition system. A pre-ignition, a proper ignition and a post ignition phase to cool the cylinder that have been reduced in order to save fuel which caused the poppet valves to overheat and fail. Have a look at this fantastic animation made by Chrono GP to analyse the Ferrari PU failure :

      1. @tifoso1989 Thank you very much for this mate!

        1. @cobray
          You’re more than welcome !

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