Carlos Sainz will get a new engine at the Formula 1 race in Turkey and will therefore start at the bottom of the field.
At the upcoming Formula 1 race in Turkey, Carlos Sainz will also have the new Ferrari engine installed, which team-mate Charles Leclerc already had in his car in Russia – that’s what our Italian colleagues from ‘Motorsport.com’ report. For the Spaniard, this also means that he will tackle the race from the back of the field.
Sainz is currently with three engines used in the 2021 season. If Ferrari installs a fourth, there is a grid penalty for him (see the current engine overview). The same scenario had already happened at Leclerc in Sochi, who also had to go all the way back.
In return, he was able to benefit from a revised version of the hybrid system, which should bring around ten hp more power. According to Ferrari, the main reason for the change was experience that they wanted to gain for the 2022 project. Each manufacturer is allowed to bring an update for performance improvement this season before the units are frozen from next year.
With a view to the new season, Ferrari wanted to collect as much information and data as possible and has therefore decided to change the components as early as possible. In Sochi it was Leclerc who was put back due to more acute needs, in Istanbul it will be Sainz – they didn’t want to have both drivers put back in a race.
“The sporting penalty is great and we are fighting for every point in the Constructors’ Championship. So we see when it makes sense,” said sporting director Laurent Mekies in Russia when asked about the timing of the Sainz penalty.
“Of course you shouldn’t do it too late, because the longer you wait, the less you benefit from the change. We’ll probably make the decision in the coming races.” Now it is time.
The first impressions of the new Ferrari power unit were pretty positive: “I can feel that it is a little better,” said Leclerc on Friday after training in Sochi. Ferrari doesn’t want to reveal how big the leap in performance really is: “I don’t want to quantify that. It’s confidential,” emphasizes team boss Mattia Binotto.