Charles Leclerc received a 10-place grid penalty because Ferrari changed its engine before the Canadian Grand Prix.
Engine failure eliminated Leclerc from last week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he was in the lead and Ferrari have since deemed the engine “irreparable”. The FIA announced after Friday’s second practice that Leclerc had taken his third new power plant of the year and would be penalized at the start of Sunday’s race.
Yuki Tsonoda also received a 10-place grid penalty on Friday when AlphaTauri gave the Japanese driver his fourth engine of the season.
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Speaking ahead of training on Friday, Leclerc admitted his string of failures this season has not left him “in the best position to be” as he takes on Red Bull team-mates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez for the championship.
Verstappen, winner of five races this season and current points leader, was the fastest in Friday’s two practices in Montreal. Leclerc finished the day second, just 0.081 seconds behind Verstappen.
“The pace in general is positive,” said Leclerc.
Leclerc has suffered a series of setbacks since winning two of the first three races this season to take the lead in the F1 standings. He took early retirements in Spain and Baku and failed to convert in four straight starts from pole ahead of Sunday’s race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Leclerc dropped to third place in the standings, behind the two Red Bull drivers.
“We obviously can’t hide, it’s hard to take, three races in a row with problems or errors,” said Leclerc.
“But as a team, I think we’re working extremely hard to try to get these things under control as quickly as possible.
“I think it’s clear to everyone that the motivation is still extremely high. We’re still working extremely hard as a team and we just want to start winning again as soon as possible.”
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