Ferrari have changed Carlos Sainz Jnr’s engine for the second race of the season, but unlike his team mate he will not take a penalty.Sergio Perez and Lando Norris have also taken new power unit parts this weekend, but they also remain within their allocation for the season and will not have to take grid drops.
As the first track action of the weekend began at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the FIA confirmed three teams had fitted new power unit parts to their cars.
Following Leclerc’s retirement from the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Ferrari have fitted a new engine, MGU-H and control electronics to his car. The latter is his third of the season, meaning he will take an automatic three-place grid penalty.
While Sainz finished the race in Bahrain, Ferrari has also replaced the internal combustion engine in his car. A team spokesperson confirmed the change had been made “as a further precaution”.
McLaren have replaced the majority of Lando Norris’ Mercedes power unit after a problem forced him to make six pit stops during the Bahrain Grand Prix so the pneumatic system could be repressurised. He said the problem was “rare” in nature and does not expect it to recur this weekend, for which he has a new engine, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K and exhaust.
Perez, who finished second in the season-opening race, has a new Red Bull Honda energy store and control electronics in his car. The latter is the final new example he may take without incurring a penalty. Red Bull have also replaced the gearbox in Perez’s RB19, but will not incur any penalty.
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2 comments on “Ferrari also change Sainz’s engine for Jeddah race “as a further precaution””
17th March 2023, 14:14
lol, although Perez’s ES & CE changes are surprising.
17th March 2023, 14:35
“Do it while we’re on pole at Sebring!”