Sainz indicates he has more grid penalties to come in France

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In the round-up: Carlos Sainz Jnr indicates Ferrari will opt to take further power unit penalties before the French Grand Prix.

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More power unit penalties to come before race, Sainz suggests

Sainz has been handed a 10-place grid drop after Ferrari installed a third control electronics unit in his car, breaching his allowance of two for the 2022 season. Speaking after practice yesterday he indicated Ferrari will opt to take further power unit penalties before the French Grand Prix, almost certainly meaning he will start the race from the back of the grid.

Asked if Ferrari would consider taking a new power unit and incur more penalties, Sainz said “We will see.”

“I mean, I took 10, so you can expect what’s coming next,” he continued. “I’m focussing more in the long run because I’m not going to be in that fight for pole position given the amount of penalties.”

Nissany receives four-place grid drop for F2 sprint race

Williams development driver Roy Nissany has been given a four-place grid drop for the Formula 2 sprint race at Paul Ricard for driving infringements during the practice session.

Nissany was handed a three-place drop for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner, overtaking Oliver Caldwell off-track at turn nine, and then subsequently blocking Enzo Fittipaldi. Nissany was then hit with a further one-place drop for obstructing Caldwell at turn 15 after the pair jockeyed for position.

As he qualified in 20th place, Nissany will therefore start the sprint race 22nd and last. He is now on a total of eight penalty points.

VW Group CEO replaced by Porsche boss

Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen Group CEO since 2020 and chairman of the board since 2018, has been replaced. Diess guided the group through the aftermath of the Dieselgate emissions scandal, in which it was found to have intentionally hidden the emissions of its diesel cars.

Earlier this year, Diess announced that the VW Group intended to enter Formula 1 with its Porsche and Audi brands. Those plans may not be jeopardised by the appointment of Oliver Blume as his replacement, as Blume was the first senior member of the VW Group to have publicly foreshadowed the entry.

Blume confirmed last year Porsche would develop new battery technologies on the race track, implying a planned Formula 1 entry. Porsche currently competes in Formula E, where standard batteries are used.

Visser takes maiden W Series pole as Chadwick penalised

Beitske Visser has been awarded her first pole position in W Series after provisional pole winner Jamie Chadwick was handed a two-place grid penalty for crossing the white line at pit exit.

Chadwick will start third on the grid, behind Visser and Nerea Marti, and ahead of Marta Garcia. Abbi Pulling – who sits second in the drivers’ championship after four races – qualified down in 12th place.

“The penalty was justified,” admitted Chadwick, who is seeking her seventh consecutive win in the series. “It was my mistake and I knew I’d done it straight away so I was a bit nervous about it in the session. It wasn’t anything intentional, with the low light and the way the white lines are with the reflections it was a bit hard to see.”

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5 comments on “Sainz indicates he has more grid penalties to come in France”

  1. If this is indeed the final Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, I wonder if it would ever be possible to move the French Grand Prix back to public roads safely (although barriers would of course be required nowadays), in the style of Reims-Gueux or Rouen-Les-Essarts. It isn’t quite what Liberty Media want in their Super Bowl-style vision but a street track in the French countryside would be far more interesting than a street track that is part of a city car park. Considering its history, it would be a shame to lose the French Grand Prix from the calendar altogether.

    1. @f1frog
      Interesting suggestions & I wouldn’t mind, but ultimately Nice would be a more likely choice for a temporary circuit location.

  2. Thank you for the memories. RIP Brick Meister Paddy H.

  3. Pretty inevitable.

    RIP Jake & Paddy Hopkirk, although I initially didn’t know who either was.

    A woman racing in F1 in the next five years, time will tell, but at least slightly more unlikely than likely.

    A valid COTD.

  4. The NASCAR/iRacing co-operation is really interesting. F1 could use something like that in the future: just laser scan a suggested route in a city and see if it works in a simulation, if not, then make some changes or scrap the whole idea.

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