Ferrari have confirmed Charles Leclerc will be fitted with a new engine as he looks to close the gap to Max Verstappen in Belgium this weekend.
The move means the Scuderia’s hopes for victory this weekend will likely rest on the shoulders of Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard, who won his first F1 race earlier this season at Silverstone, will likely battle it out Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, as neither driver will serve a penalty this weekend.
Verstappen also takes grid penalty
That’s because championship leader Max Verstappen has also been hit with a grid penalty after Red Bull decided to change his power unit.
It’s Verstappen’s fourth engine of the 2022 season, though he remains 80 points ahead of Leclerc in the standings.
The move could bring Mercedes back into the mix as well, as the Silver Arrows continue their search for a first victory in 2022.
Leclerc and Verstappen aren’t the only drivers that have been hit with grid penalties this weekend. Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher and Valtteri Bottas will also be required to start from the back after their teams opted to make changes as well.