Power unit elements are one of the things teams must look at carefully throughout the season. If your car is having problems at early stages of the season with your engine, it is pretty sure you will have to take penalties at some point of the season. During the Spanish Grand Prix, we saw engine problems in the Ferrari with the number 16 of Charles Leclerc. In Baku, both Ferraris had power unit issues. Coming to Canada, a lot of people started speculating that championship contender, Charles Leclerc, will be getting a grid penalty during this weekend. At the drivers’ press conferences, Charles mentioned that Ferrari was not in the best position in terms of power unit elements.
It has just been announced that Charles Leclerc will take a 10-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix as the Italian team has opted to take a third control electronics for his power unit, when the FIA only allows to have 2 during the whole season, forcing him to take a 10-place grid penalty ahead of Sunday’s main race. Ferrari also opted to take a new internal combustion engine, MGU-K, MGU-H but none of these is getting a grid penalty.
“Well, obviously I'm starting a little bit more in the back,” said Leclerc of the penalty. “But I think it was the best decision to make so let’s see how it goes. The overtaking was a little bit more difficult than I expected today but yeah, I mean the pace is there so hopefully we can come back to where we want to be.”
UPDATE: A new Control Electronic has been fitted to Charles’ car prior to FP2. It is the third of these elements used so far this season - only 2 are permitted - therefore Charles takes a grid penalty. #CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/90QUji6gKx— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) June 17, 2022