F1; Saudi Arabian Grand Prix; Ferrari, Charles Leclerc 10 grid penalty

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was hit by a 10-place penalty on the grid on Wednesday for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The sanction was imposed by Method One’s rulers, the FIA, after Ferrari have been pressured to twice change the facility unit in Leclerc’s automotive on the season-opening race in Bahrain.

Ferrari then switched to utilizing a 3rd powerplant for the race in Saudi Arabia, breaking guidelines that solely permit two adjustments in a full season.

Leclerc, who’s already 25 factors adrift of two-time world champion Max Verstappen’s Purple Bull after failing to complete in Bahrain, faces additional penalties if extra elements have to be changed on his automotive forward of Sunday’s race in Jeddah.

Ferrari’s new crew boss Fred Vasseur defined what went fallacious at Scuderia in Bahrain.

“On Sunday we had two completely different issues,” he advised Formula1.com. “The primary was on Sunday morning after we made the hearth and the second was within the operating. Sadly it was twice the management unit, the ECU.

“We have now by no means skilled something like this prior to now. I hope it is beneath management now, however we now have a radical evaluation on that.” The previous Alfa Romeo boss, who changed Matteo Binotti after final yr’s reliability-hit season, added: “Sadly, we now have to go in Jeddah taking the penalty as a result of we solely have a pool of two controllers for the season. At Bahrain, Leclerc was operating in a cushty third place when he suffered a lack of energy on lap 47 and retired. Verstappen subsequently received in opposition to Sergio Perez for a Purple Bull 1-2.