Leclerc to take grid penalty in Brazil over new power unit

12 November 2019 - 16:56 By Reuters
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari is set to take a grid penalty at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari is set to take a grid penalty at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
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Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will take a grid penalty at this weekend's Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix after team boss Mattia Binotto said his car's power unit was damaged and needed replacing.

The 22-year-old Monegasque is third in the championship, 14 points ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen with two races remaining.

"Charles will get a new power unit [at Interlagos], as his was damaged on Saturday in Austin, which meant he had to use a previously used and less powerful version for the rest of the weekend," said Binotto in a race preview.

"Fitting a new power unit means taking a grid penalty in Sao Paulo, but we should be back to our normal performance level and show some fighting spirit to finish the season on a high note."

Mercedes have already won both championships for the sixth year in a row, with Lewis Hamilton sealing his sixth drivers' title at the US Grand Prix in Texas on November 3.

Leclerc finished fourth in Austin after the engine failure in qualifying, but still set the fastest lap, with teammate Sebastian Vettel retiring from the race with a broken rear right suspension.


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