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F1 | Ferrari confirm Leclerc’s engine can’t be saved after turn 1 clash in Hungary

The Ferrari driver’s engine was damaged beyond repair after Stroll crashed into him in the first lap of the Hungarian GP, as stated in a press release from the Italian team.

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F1 | Ferrari confirm Leclerc’s engine can’t be saved after turn 1 clash in Hungary
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - MotorLat

Charles Leclerc had a rather unfortunate Sunday in Hungary. His qualifying session had been solid, securing a P7 starting grid position, as well as his race start, when after the first accident involving Bottas, Norris and Verstappen, the Monegasque driver was fighting for a podium position. 

Shortly after, however, Lance Stroll, trying to take advantage of the situation, out-braked himself and crashed into Leclerc, with Ricciardo also involved in it. The Aston Martin driver retired from the race and received a five-place grid penalty to be applied in Spa, but he won't be the only one suffering the aftermaths of the Hungarian GP.

The crash destroyed Leclerc's power unit, forcing the team to switch to the third and last allocated one, and will probably need an extra later in the season, which translates to a ten place grid penalty in what could be a final, decisive round in the fight for constructors's p3. 

Ferrari issued a statement, highlighting the entity of the damage caused by the collision:

"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."

It's a significant economical hit for the Scuderia in the first season of budget cap, probably the reason why Team Principal Mattia Binotto suggested that damage repairs should be covered by "guilty" drivers and their teams, and it's consequences won't be short lived:

"This is a further blow for Scuderia Ferrari and the Monegasque 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."

Leclerc talked about his performance after the race: "A hugely frustrating Sunday for me. I had a strong start and was in a good position, fighting for second or third. I knew that I had an opportunity today, so I took it easy and moved with caution."

He recalled how the collision happened, and the way it forced him out of the race: "I was taking the first corner and no way was I expecting anyone to make that kind of move on me. Getting caught out like this is just a shame. The damage was so big that once I arrived at the braking point for the next corner, I spun straight away. Not the way we wanted to head into the summer break, but that’s how it is."

Ferrari begins the summer break sharing P3 in the constructors' championship with McLaren, due to Carlos Sainz getting a podium after Sebastian Vettel's disqualification and both McLaren drivers were out of the points for the first time in 2021. 



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