Formula 1: Ferrari “sacrifices” Carlos Sainz with an unexpected decision in Paul Ricard

The rumor that began to circulate in the run-up to the French Grand Prix of Formula 1It was confirmed this Friday. ferrari decided to put a new

The rumor that began to circulate in the run-up to the French Grand Prix of It was confirmed this Friday. decided to put a new control unit in the engine of Carlos Sainzexceeded his allocation of two for the season, and for that reason he was penalized ten places on the grid for the competition that will take place on Sunday at Paul Ricard.

However, according to information coming from France, the Italian team is thinking of putting a new driver in the car of the Madrid native and, if that happens, he will have to start Sunday’s competition from last place. “ferrari may choose to fit more power unit components to the Spaniard’s car, which could lead to additional grid penalties for the French Grand Prix, as the weekend progresses,” reads the statement issued by the category. .

charles leclerc led the first free

The Monegasque dominated the first free practice this Friday. In the best of his 23 laps, Leclerc covered the 5,842 meters of the French track in 1m33s390 thousandths, 91 less than the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the World Cup, with 208 points, 38 more than him; and that it repeated 18 times the layout of Le Castellet.

Sainz, fourth in the championship -75 points behind Verstappen- completed 20 laps of the circuit and was third in the time table, 338 thousandths behind his teammate. George Russell placed fourth while Pierre Gasly finished fifth. Checo Pérez, third in the World Cup, with 151 points marked the sixth time of the session.