Scuderia Ferrari carefully evaluated and examined the power unit which failed Charles Leclerc in the Spanish Grand Prix and have identified the cause of the problem.
Charles Leclerc had to retire while leading the Spanish Grand Prix, as he was heading for a sure win. His retirement left the door open for title rival Max Verstappen to win the race at the Circuit de Catalunya and as a result lead in the Formula 1 standings ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.
As his engine problems emerged, Charles Leclerc reported via team radio that he had “lost power” and added: “I think the turbo has exploded.”
After thorough post-race examinations, Scuderia Ferrari have now confirmed that they have found both the turbo and the MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit – Heat) to be damaged beyond repair, which means both will have to be replaced. The Maranello team have also confirmed that, having fully analysed the failure and its cause, they are satisfied that it did not occur through a design fault or a reliability issue.
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However, Charles Leclerc will be left fearing future penalties that could have an impact on 2022’s title fight against Max Verstappen, given the fact that drivers are only allowed to use three Turbos and MGU-Hs during the 2022 Formula 1 campaign. The use of a fourth component will result in a grid penalty.