Ferrari make further power unit changes ahead of Saudi Arabian GP


Ferrari have made several more power unit changes in the build-up to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz taking on fresh elements.

Earlier this week, Ferrari confirmed that Leclerc would be hit with a 10-place grid penalty for round two, having been forced onto a third control electronics component after his retirement in Bahrain.

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On Friday, as cars rolled out of the pit lane at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, documents issued by the FIA confirmed Leclerc’s control electronics replacement, along with a host of other substitutions.

Indeed, Leclerc and team mate Carlos Sainz have taken on new internal combustion engines for the weekend, with Leclerc also getting a fresh MGU-H – as part of what the team has described as “a further precaution”.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes-powered McLaren have replaced a host of power unit components in Lando Norris’s car, following his own issue-affected Bahrain Grand Prix.

At Red Bull, Sergio Perez has been given his second energy store and control electronics, along with a new gearbox case and cassette, and new gearbox driveline, gearchange components and auxiliary components.

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As it stands, Leclerc is the only driver who will take a grid drop in Jeddah for exceeding his power unit allowance, with the rest of the changes being made penalty-free.


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