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Charles Leclerc backs Ferrari over engine change, 10-place penalty

Charles Leclerc says taking the hit of a 10-place grid penalty is worth the trade-off of receiving a fresh power unit for the final two events in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Leclerc’s SF90 suffered an oil leak during the opening stages of third practice in Austin, and he was forced to revert to an older-specification engine for the rest of the weekend. The engine was assessed at Ferrari’s Maranello base but the damage proved too extensive and Leclerc will take a fresh specification for the Brazilian Grand Prix. It means Leclerc will drop 10 places on the grid from wherever he qualifies on Saturday. “Obviously this weekend won’t be easy with the 10-place grid penalty but I...
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