Leclerc to start Canadian GP from back of the grid

The Monegasque driver, who is competing against Max Verstappen for the F1 world title, was already set for a 10-place grid drop on Saturday as a result of new control electronics.

However, during the final free practice session on Saturday morning, the FIA ​​announced that Leclerc will bring some new parts from the power unit for the remainder of the weekend in Montreal.

The new combustion engine, turbo, MGU-H, MGU-K is enough to mean that Leclerc will start from the back row of the grid alongside AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, who has also fitted a new engine.

Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz has also taken a new internal combustion unit, which is his third and last of the season, so he will not be penalized.

Ferrari’s decision to give Leclerc a new engine for the Canadian GP comes after a string of two failures in the last three races.

He withdrew from the lead in both the Spanish and Azerbaijani Grands Prix due to power unit problems.

In Spain, the problem meant he lost a turbo and MGU-H, while the failure in Baku left the power unit beyond repair.

Leclerc continuing his extra components at this stage of the year, coupled with the previous losses, means that with more than half the season to go, he will likely have to take even more penalties before the end of the season .

While Leclerc is disappointed with the recent slump in form, he says the promising pace of the car, which has recently been fastest over a single lap, is encouraging him for the future.

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“We are aware of the pace in the car. So in this we find confidence,” he told Motorsport.com.

“We know that reliability has clearly been an issue in the last three races, but the performance is there. So we know that when we fix those problems, we will fight there with Red Bull for the championship.

“I have faith in this team because they give 200% as always, and I am sure that once we have solved our problems, we can bring Red Bull back.”

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