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Leclerc gets 10-place grid penalty for F1’s US GP

by Josh Suttill
1 min read

Charles Leclerc will serve a 10-place grid penalty for Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix in Austin following engine component changes.

It marks the third time Leclerc has had to take an engine penalty this season after he took one at Spa and Montreal.

Ferrari has switched Leclerc onto a sixth different internal combustion engine and turbocharger, three over the limit for 2022.

These carry a grid drop of five places each so in total Leclerc will currently drop 10 places.

Max Verstappen sealed the drivers’ championship last time out at Suzuka after blowing away Leclerc and Ferrari’s early-season challenge but Leclerc is still locked in a fight with Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez for second place in the points.

He sits just one point behind Perez in the championship while Red Bull can seal the constructors’ championship if Ferrari fails to outscore the team by 19 points. Perez also has a grid penalty (of five places) this weekend.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso will take a five-place grid penalty for his sixth internal combustion engine of the season.

Leclerc, Perez, Alonso and Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu (five places) are the four drivers with grid penalties so far this weekend.

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