Ferrari has revealed Charles Leclerc faces the prospect of grid penalties over the second half of the F1 season as a further consequence of being taken out of the Hungarian Grand Prix by Lance Stroll.
After avoiding the turn one carnage sparked by Valtteri Bottas' late braking that took out McLaren's Lando Norris and Red Bull's Sergio Perez, Leclerc was then hit by an out-of-control Stroll in his Aston Martin, forcing him into immediate retirement.
It led to Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto describing what unfolded at the Hungaroring as "a stupid accident".
Binotto is now likely to be further annoyed as the team has revealed the extended cost of the crash due to unrepairable damage to the power unit.
A statement read: "The accident in which Charles Leclerc was an innocent victim shortly after the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix came at the cost of robbing him of the chance of a great result at the Hungaroring.
"However, examination of the number 16 SF21 carried out yesterday in Maranello, revealed that on top of this, the engine was irreparably damaged and cannot be used again, following the impact from Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin.
"This is a further blow for Scuderia Ferrari and the Monégasque driver.
"This damage has a financial impact and also racing ramifications, given that over the remaining 12 race weekends this season, it is highly likely the team could be obliged to fit a fourth ICE to Charles’ SF21, thus incurring grid penalties."
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