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Sainz to take grid penalty for power unit parts change after fire · RaceFans

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Ferrari, Red Bull Ring, 2022

Carlos Sainz Jnr will have a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend’s French Grand Prix after Ferrari exceeded his maximum allocation of power unit parts.

Repairs were required to Sainz’s car after the power unit failure and subsequent fire which put him out of the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Ferrari has replaced the energy store and control electronics on Sainz’s 066/7 power unit. The latter is his third of the season, exceeding the allowed maximum of two, earning him an automatic 10-place grid penalty.

Sainz is likely to take further penalties ahead of Sunday’s race. As he is already likely to start no higher than 11th, Ferrari can replace his entire power unit again, giving him a fresh stock of parts for upcoming races, and only lose nine more places on the grid this weekend.

None of the other new power unit parts fitted to cars have incurred penalties for their drivers so far this weekend. Lewis Hamilton, whose car is being driven by Nyck de Vries in today’s first practice session, has a new engine, MGU-H, energy store and control electronics in his Mercedes. His team mate George Russell also has new examples of the latter two components.

Zhou Guanyu has a new Ferrari energy store, while Max Verstappen and Lando Norris each have new exhausts this weekend.

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