Leclerc to be awarded penalty in Canada

Charles Leclerc has suffered two reliability failures in the last three races.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will be given a 10-place grid penalty at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after his engine failure last weekend in Baku, according to reports.

Having already had a reliability failure that put him out of the Spanish Grand Prix while comfortably leading, Leclerc was at the head of the pack in Azerbaijan last time out, but another failure sent him out in a plume of smoke.

The engine used in Baku is damaged beyond repair, so the Monegasque will have to move on to his third power unit of the season in Montreal, along with his fourth turbo.

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Installing those new parts will incur a 10-place grid job for Leclerc, so his highest starting position on Sunday will be 11th.

The issue for the 24-year-old in Baku arrived amid nine others for Ferrari in the last three rounds between the works team and their customers Haas and Alfa Romeo.

Leclerc was joined by Zhou Guanyu on the retirement list in Spain, before Mick Schumacher, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas all encountered problems in Monaco.

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Carlos Sainz retired in Baku 11 laps before Leclerc’s blowout, and they were joined by Zhou and Magnussen.

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The problems for the Scuderia have all appeared to be unrelated, which is a real conundrum for the Maranello squad.

On the one hand, there may not be an ingrained issue with the power unit that they need to fundamentally fix, but the fact that so many things have been going wrong of late will also leave them wondering if they have built an engine in which everything is prone to failing at some stage.

The misfortune of late has come from a team that look extremely solid in the opening three rounds of the year as Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez suffered three non-finishes between them while Leclerc won in Bahrain and Australia.

The reliability, and indeed the championship picture has turned on its head since then, and Ferrari arrive in Montreal knowing that there is now next to no margin for any more failures in the back of the F1-75.