Carlos Sainz will be using a new Ferrari hybrid system at the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend. As a result, the Madrileen receives a grid penalty during the race at Istanbul Park.
Ferrari introduced an improved version of the hybrid system for the Russian Grand Prix. Initially, only Charles Leclerc was given the novelties, although this was due to concerns about the battery that had been damaged in his crash during the Hungarian GP. The Monegasque driver was therefore given a grid penalty for the race in Sochi, the team said that Carlos Sainz would receive the updates later in the season.
Ferrari has now confirmed that Sainz will receive the new package at the Turkish GP next weekend. The Spaniard will also receive a grid penalty as a result. “Like Leclerc in Russia, Sainz will get a completely new power unit this weekend, along with the new hybrid system,” the team said. “So he has to start from behind in the race with the aim of moving forward and scoring some points.”
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto stated at the Russian GP that the new package is indeed good for a step, but would not comment on the estimated profit. Current F1 regulations allow teams to make one upgrade per year per component of the total power unit.
Ferrari has also confirmed that Binotto will not be attending the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend to focus on developing the new car for next season. The Italian team boss has already followed more races from home in Maranello this season.
Ferrari is currently fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. The Italian formation lost even more ground in Russia to direct competitor McLaren and is now 17.5 points behind the formation from Woking.