Carlos Sainz will have to serve a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix after his Ferrari team opted to take a third electronic check of the season so far on his car.
Sainz retired from the Austrian GP as he chased second-placed Max Verstappen as his Ferrari engine failed and a small fire broke out.
His team said it was “highly likely” the failure was the same one that put Charles Leclerc out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and led to him taking a grid penalty for the next round at the Canada.
A similar fate befell Sainz as his Ferrari team took on a new electronic check, his third of the season which broke the two-season limit.
That leaves him with a 10-place grid penalty for the French GP. He’s also taken on a new energy reserve, but it’s part of his allowance for the season.
It remains to be seen whether or not he will make further changes to the engine components later in the weekend – changes that would require a background start.
That’s what Leclerc did in Montreal where he first made his CE change, then made more changes and took a heavier penalty later in the weekend.
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