Leclerc to join Tsunoda at back of Montreal grid after raft of power unit changes
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will join AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda at the back of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix grid after the Monegasque took on a raft of new power unit elements.
It was confirmed on Friday that Leclerc would take a new control electronics on his F1-75, following his power unit being declared “beyond repair” by Ferrari, after Leclerc retired from the lead of last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix – a 10-place grid drop the result for Leclerc.
Leclerc also took on a new internal combustion engine, MGU-H, MGU-K and an additional control electronics yesterday, without penalty.
But as Free Practice 3 got under way at a wet Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it was confirmed that Leclerc had taken on further power unit elements that took him beyond his allocation for the season, namely a fourth internal combustion engine, MGU-H, MGU-K and turbocharger, as well as an additional exhaust that wouldn’t incur a penalty.
As a result, Leclerc will start the Canadian Grand Prix from the back of the grid, the Monegasque likely to focus on race pace for the remainder of the weekend as he looks to fight his way back into the top 10 on Sunday, having slipped 34 points behind Max Verstappen in the title fight.
He’ll be joined on the rear of the grid by Tsunoda, who took on his own raft of new power unit elements on Friday, Tsunoda also taking on an additional energy store and control electronics on Saturday.