Charles Leclerc isn’t worried he’ll need new engine parts following FP2 crash

Michelle Foster
The damaged Ferrari of Charles Leclerc after his FP2 crash. Mexico October 2022

Charles Leclerc is confident his FP2 crash in Mexico won’t result in a grid penalty as he has “enough” spare engine parts with “all the penalties we’ve had in the past”.

Leclerc crashed in Friday’s second practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Monégasque driver getting it wrong at the entry to Turn 8 and ending up backwards in the barrier.

The driver was okay but the same cannot be said of his F1-75 which suffered rear-end damage.

Leclerc, though, is confident that even if something needs to be changed, he has enough parts in stock following his previous penalties for taking new PU elements.

“I don’t think any of it will compromise us,” he said as per the official Formula 1 website.

“I think we have enough [parts] now with all the penalties we’ve had in the past. It should be fine.”

Earlier in the day the driver had finished P2 in the Mexican Grand Prix weekend’s opening practice hour.

He finished 0.046s down on his team-mate Carlos Sainz.

“To be honest, the feeling is good,” Leclerc revealed. “We’ve been pretty unlucky in FP1; on my side I had a puncture on the out-lap, so not many laps, but the few that I’ve done I was happy with the car.

“In FP2, [it was] the same on the short runs, then I lost the rear at the start of the high-fuel [run] so limited amount of laps, but that was my mistake – I’m confident it won’t hurt our weekend.

“We tried something on my car which I didn’t particularly like, so I wasn’t as much at ease with the car than I was in FP1, but I know what to do for tomorrow, so confident that the performance will be there.”

But while Leclerc doesn’t think he needs new engine parts, the same cannot be said of Sainz.

Following his back-to-back DNFs, Auto Motor und Sport reports that Ferrari are considering replacing his power unit which would mean a grid drop for the Spaniard.

Sainz didn’t touch on the topic in his post-practice debrief, just saying he reckons based on Friday’s running that Ferrari are looking good for the rest of the weekend.

“I think we’re in the right spot with car balance and I think it will be a matter of which package adapts better to the high altitude,” he said.

“We got as much as we could from today. Now FP3 will be another busy session, like it was in Austin, trying to get the last points of data to decide before quali and before the race, which I think is going to be an interesting one.

“There’s always a bit of a guess going into the race when you have a compromised weekend like here or Austin.

“There’s going to be a lot of guessing of where to put the car in the right place.

“But we’ve been good every time so far doing that this year and we’ve got I think a good car for Saturday and Sunday.”

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