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French GP: Sainz towards a penalty?

While his Austrian Grand Prix ended with the engine of his Ferrari igniting, Carlos Sainz Jr conceded on the eve of the first practice sessions of the French Grand Prix that it is possible that he will be penalized at the start racing for the use of a new engine.

After Charles Leclerc in Canada, Carlos Sainz Jr in France? While the Monegasque was forced to use an out-of-quota engine for the Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, his teammate could be forced to do the same this weekend at Le Castellet.

Two weeks after an Austrian Grand Prix during which second place seemed promised to him and which ended with an engine failure that caused a fire to start, the Spanish driver presented himself to the press on Thursday, at the day before the first free practice at the Circuit Paul-Ricard. While he has already used his entire quota in terms of engine elements allocated for the entire season, Carlos Sainz Jr is aware that he will not be able to finish the eleven races still on the calendar this season without taking a penalty.

Sainz: ‘The final decision has not been made yet’

Indeed, during the first eleven rounds, the Spaniard used three internal combustion engines, three turbo-compressors, three thermal and kinetic energy recovery systems as well as two electronic control units. Asked about Ferrari’s potential choice to mount a new engine in his car at some point during the weekend, Carlos Sainz Jr was not sure but gave some clues. ” There is a chance that we will install a new engine this weekend, which would cause a penaltysaid the Spaniard. However, the final decision has not yet been made.»

Should this be the case, the extent of the penalty will be directly related to the number of out-of-quota items used. While each element will earn the Ferrari driver a penalty of ten places on the starting grid, if the total penalties exceed fifteen positions, Carlos Sainz Jr will be off to start from the last position. In the same scenario, Charles Leclerc was able to climb up to fifth place. Something to give ideas to his teammate.

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