French GP: Carlos Sainz to have grid penalty as Charles Leclerc fastest in FP1

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz will have a grid penalty at the French Grand Prix for using too many engine parts. Leclerc and title rival Max Verstappen were separated by just 0.091 seconds as both tried out new parts, focused on developments to the floors of their cars. Sainz, running the old floor at Circuit Paul Ricard so Ferrari could compare the data from both designs before deciding which to run for the weekend, was third fastest, 0.338secs off Leclerc. George Russell was fourth fastest in the Mercedes, which also features new parts, but he was 0.951secs off the pace. McLaren’s Lando Norris was seventh fastest, ahead of Williams driver Alex Albon, De Vries and the second McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.

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