Formula 1 photographer Kym Illman issued a warning about drain covers prior to the Las Vegas Grand Prix race weekend, but despite the caution, Carlos Sainz still encountered issues with them during FP1.
Just eight minutes into the first session of the Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend, an early red flag was triggered following a Sainz incident, ultimately resulting in the cancellation of the session.
Upon encountering the loose drain cover in FP1, Sainz's engine suffered an immediate setback, leading to damage to both the Ferrari's chassis and battery.
The ten-place grid penalty for Sainz delivers unwelcome news, especially as Ferrari is locked in a battle with Mercedes for second place in the constructors' championship.
Adding to the frustration for the Scuderia is the fact that both Ferraris, of Charles Leclerc and Sainz, topped the timesheets during FP2 in Las Vegas.
As Leclerc sets his sights on pole position, Sainz faces a considerable challenge in making up a substantial deficit. His task is not only to secure points individually but also to contribute to Ferrari's ascent in the championship standings.
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