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Leclerc clears up reports of 2020 Ferrari engine use in Brazil

Leclerc clears up reports of 2020 Ferrari engine use in Brazil

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Leclerc clears up reports of 2020 Ferrari engine use in Brazil

Leclerc clears up reports of 2020 Ferrari engine use in Brazil

Charles Leclerc says his fresh engine at the Brazilian Grand Prix will not use components of Ferrari's 2020 power unit.

Leclerc will serve a 10-place grid penalty at Interlagos, having been forced into a change of engine after suffering an oil leak in practice at the United States GP last time out.

Reports in Italy had suggested that the Scuderia might use the opportunity to give next season's parts some meaningful testing.

However, Leclerc says his fresh engine is the same spec as the one that has powered him to pole position in several races since the summer break.

"Basically the phone call I had was we are putting the same engine spec as the one we've lost in Austin," he said.

"I don't think there was any discussion, at least not with me, for this [2020 prototype] possibility.

"The engine is exactly the same one as the one we had issues with in Austin, so nothing new on that.

"It will only be a new one because the old one cannot be used anymore."

Ferrari's engines have been under harsh scrutiny in recent weeks as the Scuderia's pace deficit has prompted rival teams to speak out, while the FIA has issued technical directives ahead of races in the United States and this week in Brazil.

Leclerc says the achievements of his impressive rookie season in red will not be overshadowed by the matter, though.

"To be completely honest I've got not at all this in my head," he said.

"I can see that apparently it's a big talking point, but on my side it definitely does not affect me."

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