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Sport Leclerc set for Brazil grid penalty

08:30  13 november  2019
08:30  13 november  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Leclerc had suffered an oil leak during third practice at the preceding United States Grand Prix, which forced him to revert to an older specification of the engine for the rest of the weekend. This indicates Leclerc will incur a minimum 10-place grid penalty in Interlagos for an ICE change, as it will mark the

Leclerc finished fourth in Austin after the engine failure in qualifying, but still set the fastest lap, with team mate Sebastian Vettel retiring from the race with a broken rear right Fresh Engine means 2019 Brazil grid penalty for Charles Leclerc . Leclerc Hit With Grid Drop In Brazil Following PU Change

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Charles Leclerc will take a grid penalty at this weekend's Brazilian GP after Ferrari confirmed he will be using a new engine at Interlagos.

Leclerc had already reached his permitted number of parts for the season when he suffered an engine failure before qualifying in the USA, and he then used an older, less powerful PU for the Austin race, which he finished in fourth.

Ferrari have opted for a fresh engine this weekend to get maximum performance, meaning Leclerc is set to serve a 10-place grid penalty.

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(Reuters) – 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.

Charles Leclerc will receive a likely 10-place grid penalty at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix after the implementation of a new 2020-spec power "Fitting a new PU means taking a grid - penalty in Sao Paulo, but we should be back to our normal performance level and show some fighting spirit to

"Fitting a new PU 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," said Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

"That will be important in order to confirm we are making progress with our car and to take some of that momentum into the winter work. I know that our drivers and the whole team are fully focused on that."

Leclerc's grid penalty, and the amount of places, will be confirmed before the weekend.

Ferrari head to Sao Paulo on the back of a disappointing US GP, where Leclerc was almost a minute off the pace while Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire his car.

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"We come to the penultimate round of the season after a frustrating race in Austin, where we were unable to deliver the results we felt we could have done," added Binotto.

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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 Leclerc finished fourth in Austin after the engine failure in qualifying, but still set the fastest lap, with team mate Sebastian Vettel retiring from the race

Leclerc set to take 10-place grid penalty at Interlagos due to fresh PU, but Ferrari confident of finishing the season 'on a high note'. Ferrari have opted for a fresh engine this weekend to get maximum performance, meaning Leclerc is set to serve a 10-place grid penalty .

"On Saturday, we missed out on taking a historic seventh consecutive pole by just one hundredth of a second with Sebastian, although we can take comfort from the fact it showed the raw performance was there.

"On Sunday, Charles' pace in the first stint was poor although his car performance level was back to normal after the first pit stop. So we will put all this behind us now and look ahead to Brazil and a fresh start."

Both of their drivers are enthused for Interlagos, a circuit which is steeped in history and has hosted several F1 crackers.

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"Racing in Brazil, in Sao Paulo, I think in a nutshell, anything can happen," said Vettel. "I don't know why, but there is something about this place and this circuit. Every year, something crazy happens and, if it doesn't you can be sure it will the following year.

"This is another track that has suited us well in the past and treated us well over the last couple of years. I remember we had good pace there and Kimi was on the podium last year, while two years ago we won the race. I think overall it's been a good hunting ground for us and hopefully it will be like that again this weekend.

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Charles Leclerc heads into this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix on the back foot. That’s thanks to confirmation that he will take a fresh Ferrari power unit – and with it a grid penalty – for the Sao Paulo race, following car problems last time out in Austin. Leclerc suffered an oil leak in final practice at

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 .

"Certainly, in terms of atmosphere, it's very special. Brazilians are one of the loudest crowds on the calendar: you can actually hear them when you are in the car and it feels as though they are in the cockpit with you."

Leclerc continued: "Not only are the people in Brazil extremely passionate about our sport, but it was also the home of Ayrton Senna, who is the driver I have probably most looked up to. He was very talented, just special, and this GP will always remind us of his legacy."

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Monégasque youngster has more to give than his older teammate Vettel - it's time for Ferrari to recognise thisHe could and should have won race two in Bahrain, where the car let him down. In Monaco he was quickest in final practice but Ferrari banjaxed his race by not sending him out for a second Q1 run, which left him qualifying only 16th.

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