Ferrari have found that Charles Leclerc’s power-unit was “irreparably broken” within the first-corner pile-up on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Leclerc was hit from behind by Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin, turning into considered one of a number of drivers to retire on the first nook.
Drivers are restricted to a few power-units over the course of the 2021 season.
Going over the restrict mechanically incurs a 10-place grid penalty.
Ferrari stated in an announcement that Leclerc was now nearly sure to obtain grid penalties later this season for utilizing greater than the permitted variety of engines.
The engine in Leclerc’s automobile was his second of the season, and it means he now must take his third for the subsequent race in Belgium on the finish of the month with half of the season nonetheless to go.
Purple Bull staff principal Christian Horner stated after the race in Hungary that Sergio Perez had additionally most likely misplaced an engine when he was collected by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on the first nook.
Perez’s team-mate Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton’s title rival, can be at risk of grid penalties later this season after engine associate Honda found a crack in considered one of his engines in Hungary.
This was the unit within the automobile when Hamilton and Verstappen collided on the primary lap of the British Grand Prix.
Honda nonetheless hopes to have the ability to salvage it to be used in apply periods however is not going to know for certain till it has been inspected at its base at Sakura in Japan over F1’s summer season break.
Horner stated on Sunday after the race that the impression of huge crashes was massive within the first season of F1’s finances cap and stated that the difficulty of the price of accident harm wanted to be “checked out”.
“In a cost-cap atmosphere, it is brutal, the incidents that we have had over the last couple of weeks,” Horner stated.
Ferrari staff boss Mattia Binotto stated he additionally believed the groups ought to talk about with governing physique the FIA and F1 whether or not groups whose drivers are responsible of inflicting accidents ought to pay for harm incurred by rivals.
“Clearly if you happen to’re not responsible, having such harm within the finances cap is one thing which is much more of a consequence now,” Binotto stated.
“Ought to we add exemptions? I am unsure that is the answer. I feel it might be very tough to be policed.
“However I feel that what we might think about is that if a driver is defective, the staff of the driving force ought to pay a minimum of to the opposite groups for the damages and repairs. That can make the drivers extra accountable.”
Each concepts would want unanimous approval from the groups to be adopted and that’s extremely unlikely to be achieved.