Scuderia Ferrari are preparing for round 16 of the 2021 season this weekend at Istanbul Park, the circuit is returning for the second year running, following it’s return last season having been absent from the calendar since 2011. The challenging 14 turn circuit is a favourite for fans and drivers alike, featuring several changes in elevation as well as the famously challenging turn 8.
Following the extremely low grip levels the drivers faced during last season's event, the track has been resurfaced. The Grand Prix on Sunday will run over 58 laps.
Following the introduction of the new spec power unit for Charles Leclerc last time out at the Russian Grand Prix, as he team were hesitant to use the components damaged during the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier in the season, it will be the turn of Carlos Sainz to take an engine penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix. While Leclerc struggled to take advantage of the new power unit due to the weather conditions in Sochi, the team were happy with it’s performance.
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The penalty will see Sainz start last on the grid this weekend with all to play for at a circuit which the team performed well at last season, with Sebastian Vettel taking his final podium for the team, and Leclerc finishing just behind in P4.
While the team will be hard at work trackside, team principal Mattia Binotto will remain at the factory in Maranello focussing on the development of next season's car. With the team recovering from their poor performance last season, focus on next season’s car is paramount if the team hopes to get back to winning ways.