Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has been hit with a 10-grid place penalty after changing electrical components in his car.
The Mónaco-born driver suffered a retirement in the first race of the season two weeks ago in Bahrain two weeks ago thus forcing his team to change the electronic power component of the car.
Constructors are only given the chance to change their electronic components twice before getting a grip penalty. Ferrari Team Principal Fred Vasseur highlighted the gravity of the problem which they suffered in the first race of the season saying: “On Sunday, we had two different issues, the first one was on the Sunday morning, when we did the fire up, and the second one was in the race. It’s something that we never experienced in the past. I hope now it’s under control, but we have a deep analysis on this. Unfortunately, we’ll have to take the penalty in Jeddah, because we have only a pool of two control units for the season.”
Ferrari came under a lot of fire last season because of their reliability issues which saw Mattia Binotto resign his role as Team Principal.
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