Canadian Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc avoids penalty as Max Verstappen tops first practice

Charles Leclerc has avoided a grid penalty on the first day of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend despite his engine failure at the last race. Ferrari fitted a series of new engine parts to Leclerc’s car in Montreal. At least one grid penalty is inevitable for Leclerc at some point soon this season. From a 46-point lead over title rival Max Verstappen after the first three races of the season, Leclerc is 34 points behind the Red Bull driver. Ferrari said they had investigated Leclerc’s engine failure and concluded the engine was beyond repair. Perez was fourth, 0.461secs slower than Verstappen, and Leclerc fifth, 0.508secs off the pace.

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