Russian Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc to start from back of grid because of new engine

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of using a new, upgraded engine. Leclerc’s car is being fitted with a new engine for this weekend’s race in Sochi because one of his battery packs was damaged in the multi-car pile-up at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix last month. Ferrari say using the new engine, which includes a new battery, is a “precautionary measure relating to the potential risk of using the battery pack damaged in Hungary”. As the new engine was ready to be introduced this weekend, it therefore made sense, the team say, to give it to Leclerc.

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