Ferrari confirmed that the engine in Charles Leclerc’s car is irreparably damaged and that it cannot be used under any capacity for further Grands Prix, following an opening-lap incident with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll.
The Monegasque was collected by Stroll at the Turn 1 apex, when Stroll braked too late and took to the grass in the damp conditions, causing the latter to make contact with Leclerc, forcing him out of the race by Turn 2.
“This is a further blow for Scuderia Ferrari and the Monegasque driver. This damage has a financial impact and also racing ramifications, given that over the remaining 12 race weekends this season, it is highly likely the team could be obliged to fit a fourth ICE to Charles’ SF21, thus incurring grid penalties,” a statement from Scuderia Ferrari read.
“Examination of the number 16 SF21 carried out yesterday in Maranello, revealed that on top of this, the engine was irreparably damaged and cannot be used again, following the impact from Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin.”
Ferrari was not the only team to be put in such a difficult position, as Red Bull have crises of their own going into the summer break after their drivers have exhausted the maximum allowance for power units.
The incidents that unfolded at the Hungarian GP led to different ideas being proposed regarding the matter, with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner calling for exemptions from the cast cap while Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto proposed for rivals to pay for damages, should they be guilty of causing it.
“Should we add exemptions? I’m not sure that’s the solution. I think it may be very difficult to be policed,” Binotto explained.
“I think that what we may consider is that if a driver is faulty, the team of the driver should pay at least to the other teams for the damages and repairs. That will make the drivers more responsible.”
“I think there is value for discussions in the near future with the other team principals, FIA and F1,” Binotto concluded.