Leclerc to take on new engine components after ICE and turbo ‘completely destroyed’

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz both suffered reliability failures in Baku on Sunday.

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari ICE and turbo unit used in Baku are completely destroyed and cannot be used again this season, according to reports from Italy.

Leclerc started the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on pole position, but lost the lead to Red Bull’s Sergio Perez off the start.

The first of Ferrari’s issues occurred nine laps into the race when Carlos Sainz came to a stop due to a hydraulic failure, and this brought out the Virtual Safety Car.

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The silver lining for the Scuderia was that Leclerc came into the pits under the caution to fit on a fresh set of tyres, and the subsequent undercut for him back ahead of the Mexican.

However, while Leclerc was leading the race from Max Verstappen after the Dutchman cleared his Red Bull team-mate, he too suffered a failure as his engine blew out in the final sector.

The power unit was brought back to Maranello on Monday morning, and Motorsport Italy report that there is not much left of it that Ferrari can use again, so they will have the switch Leclerc onto the third and final allocated engine this weekend in Canada.

Furthermore, they found that the part that eventually failed in the back of the F1-75 was not one that has caused them a lot of issues in the past, so they were not anticipating any failures on it.

There will be natural concern among the Prancing Horses as a result of that, but there is some promise in the fact that they can still utilise the supercharging system in the first power unit of the season.

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Given that Leclerc has suffered two reliability-related retirements in the last three races, however, concern will grow as to the longevity of that part as well.

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Ferrari found that a pump that controls the hydraulics broke on Sainz’s car, meaning that he was in danger of losing the “brake-by-wire” system – not a good thing to happen when the walls are so close.

While the Spaniard’s issue is easier to solve, Ferrari – between the works teams and their customers Haas and Alfa Romeo – have endured 10 failures in the last three races weekends, so they will be looking for answers quickly before it becomes an epidemic.