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Leclerc to start from back of grid in Russia as Ferrari brings PU update

Leclerc to start from back of grid in Russia as Ferrari brings PU update

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Leclerc to start from back of grid in Russia as Ferrari brings PU update

Leclerc to start from back of grid in Russia as Ferrari brings PU update

Ferrari has confirmed Charles Leclerc will start from the back of the grid for the Russian Grand Prix as he trials an updated hybrid system ahead of 2022.

Ferrari endured a torrid 2020 season with a lack of power from its power unit and whilst the Scuderia has taken steps to improve this season, the performance is still shy of Mercedes and Honda.

The team revealed during the recent triple-header that a new hybrid system was being developed and ahead of the Sochi weekend, it has been announced Leclerc will take on the new component first.

The reason the Monegasque will take his penalty first is due to the damage sustained in the first corner crash in Hungary before the summer break.

"The Russian Grand Prix sees the introduction of a new technical component for Ferrari: a power united fitted with an updated hybrid system, the introduction of which was mentioned a few weeks back," a Ferrari statement reads.

"Its main purpose is to gain experience for the 2022 car project. A great deal of effort has gone into this, both technically and logistically, and so as to be able to use it as soon as possible, its introduction will be staggered between the drivers.

"Charles will be the first to have the new hybrid system. This decision is a precautionary measure relating to the potential risk of using the battery pack damaged in his Hungarian GP accident.

"In Sochi, Leclerc will have a brand new power unit and will therefore start from the back of the grid.

"As to when the updated hybrid system is fitted to Carlos’ car, that will be decided following an evaluation of the right compromise between competitiveness and the impact of the penalty."

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Neville

To be able to negate your penalty in this way is outrageous. It should carry forward to the next race without parts penalty or be a disqualification at the last one.

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Max might also take a PU update and negate his penalty.

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Krasna77

Why ffs you always bring up Max, the article is about Leclerc..

Btw: You remember why he has to change the engine in the first place? The one causing the huge 51G impact had a 10sec and won the race, celebrating like he won the title

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If you cared to look at what happened in Silverstone you'd see how different this was. Max seen Lewis fast approaching for an overtake on the left and swerved over to block, which with the momentum Lewis had left him with the only choice to move to the right, down the inside.

And now for the vitally important difference.

Lewis then started backing out of the overtake. Not like Max did in Monza where he pressed ahead deliberately going in to the side of Lewis.

What happened was that Max got a taste of his own food and didn't like it. He's been threatening to cause a serious accident, maybe even kill another competitor. Simply he should have learned from Silverston that his dangerous driving isn't sporting. The only thing that saved Max from killing another competitor is the Halo.

Just in case you missed that: Max nearly killed himself in Silverston, and Lewis in Monza.

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you guys are absolutely hilarious and sad at the same time

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RATEdntHate

I hope Hamilton smashes maxipad off every race, give the little hot head a taste of his own medicine Lewis deserves his rightful 8th title xx

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To be able to negate your penalty in this way is outrageous. It should carry forward to the next race without parts penalty or be a disqualification at the last one.

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