F1 GP Russia, Leclerc will start last on the grid: new engine for Ferrari


Maranello anticipates the debut of the powertrain in operation 2022: mounted on the Leclerc SF21 to avoid risks with damaged batteries in Hungary. For Sainz it will be decided in the next races

Ferrari accelerates: the new engine on the SF21 will already make its debut in the Russian F1 GP, and not in Turkey on 10 October as originally planned. Furthermore, the new power unit from Maranello will only be mounted on Charles Leclerc’s car, which will therefore start from the back of the grid – as required by the regulations – regardless of the Monegasque’s qualifying result.

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The substantial technical innovation is the update of the hybrid system, above all “according to the 2022 project”, as stated in the Ferrari press release. A further technical effort, the goodness of which will be put under scrutiny in the Russian GP in Sochi, to shorten the times and try to improve the hitherto not very brilliant 2021 of the reds. The power unit should have more thrust from the electrical part, to the advantage of the power on the forehand. The decision to mount the new engine in Leclerc, they explain to Maranello, was dictated by “precautionary reasons in light of the risks associated with the use of the battery pack which was damaged in the Hungarian GP”. The press release also explains that for Carlos Sainz it will be decided by looking for a compromise between any performance advantages and the disadvantages that would derive from starting in the last row, as will happen to Leclerc.

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