CHARLES LECLERC is greater than 30 factors behind Max Verstappen after a dismal few weeks for Ferrari.
Charles Leclerc might be hit with a grid penalty this weekend (Picture: Getty)
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Charles Leclerc could also be hit with a grid penalty for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix in a harmful blow to his chase of Max Verstappen within the title hunt. In accordance with Autosport, Ferrari has confirmed the Monegasque’s engine can’t be repaired which means the crew will seemingly must tackle new components.
They mentioned: “One potential explanation for the failure is that it occurred as a consequence of the PU downside in Spain.” If the engine can’t be mounted, the Ferrari star is prone to want a brand new energy unit and turbo which might see the FIA subject a penalty.
It’s seemingly the punishment awarded will probably be a 10-place grid penalty, which means Leclerc will begin eleventh if he continues his run of pole positions on Saturday. Leclerc can now select between utilizing an previous engine or taking a brand new one and being hit with a punishment.
It’s understood Leclerc and the crew are nonetheless in dialogue over whether or not to tackle the brand new components and whether or not this may incur any penalties. Nevertheless, Leclerc’s possibilities of securing victory should not throughout because the FIA has put in three DRS zones in Montreal in a bid to assist overtaking.
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Charles Leclerc has retired from two of the final three races (Picture: Getty)
Ferrari’s energy benefit and the triple DRS zones ought to guarantee Leclerc can go the midfield rapidly. The chance of security automobiles is comparatively excessive in Montreal with deployments at two of the final three races held on the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve which might give Leclerc an opportunity to combat again on Sunday.
Final season, Lewis Hamilton modified engines on the Brazilian Grand Prix, shifting him to the again of the grid for the Saturday dash race. Nevertheless, the Mercedes star moved by way of the sector with ease and went on to win the Grand Prix on Sunday to maintain his championship hopes alive.
It comes as Leclerc and Ferrari are struggling a drought since dominating the opening a part of the season.
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Charles Leclerc has dropped to 3rd within the drivers’ championship (Picture: Getty)
The Ferrari star was over 40 factors forward of Verstappen after the Australian Grand Prix however has since slumped to 34 factors behind.
Leclerc was pressured out of the Spanish and Azerbaijan Grands Prix after affected by mechanical failures whereas Verstappen romped to victory. In Monaco, Leclerc appeared to have the tempo to win his residence race however dangerous technique errors from Ferrari handed the win to Crimson Bull and Sergio Perez.