Then the leader of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after stopping under the virtual safety car, Charles Leclerc could sadly see a new opportunity for victory escape him by seeing a lot of white smoke coming out of his F175. After being left in Barcelona for a similar reason, Charles Leclerc’s share of the division began to decline.
The Monegasque is now third in the championship with 34 points behind Max Verstappen and sees Sergio Perez in front of him competing for the title. Unfortunately for him, his championship run is in serious danger of being penalized for multiple feature changes.
According to Helmut Marko, if Leclerc already finds himself forced to put in his third engine of the year, the penalties will come: “We want a fair fight, but Leclerc will now match his third engine and will have to change engines at least one or two times later, so grid penalties are inevitable”.
Similar words were given by Mattia Binotto, director of the Scuderia: “We will analyze everything, but we will not be able to fix some problems. We will try to manage all that, put new features, but we must first look at what happened, and then we will take action. Penalties can be considered for changing parts, but we will make decisions at the right time”.