Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz is looking at a grid penalty in the Turkish GP.
This comes as Ferrari plans to change the engine on the Spaniard’s SF21 to give him more speed. This means that the engine swap will see him start from the back of the grid in the race.
This will be the third time Ferrari is changing the engine exceeding the regulated number of engine changes. The Italian team believes that by changing the engine, Sainz will have a better chance of finishing in the points in Turkey despite starting from the back of the grid.
Carlos Sainz’s engine upgrade in Turkey will be the same as Leclerc’s during the Russian GP. Despite the Monesgague finishing 15th in the Russian GP, Ferrari insists that the new engine yielded positive results and had nothing to do with the low performance. The team believes Sainz can also benefit with the change.
The Italians are back on level terms this year after a poor season. The team is fighting with McLaren for third place in the world championship, where they are 18.5 points behind the competition. Sainz has so far amassed 112.5 points, while Leclerc has yet to score more than 104.