Ferrari discards Leclerc's Hungary engine - penalty looms

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Ferrari discards Leclerc's Hungary engine - penalty looms

Ferrari has been forced to discard Charles Leclerc's latest engine following damage sustained to the unit at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Leclerc was hit by Aston Martin's Lance Stroll during the first corner commotion that took place at the start of last Sunday's race.

The Monegasque retired on the spot, but post-race checks at Maranello revealed unrepairable damage to the power unit, forcing Ferrari to withdraw the engine from Leclerc's pool of hardware.

The removal means that Leclerc will take on his third and final unit at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa when the season resumes at the end of the month. Any additional power units added to the driver's allocation in the future - a likely prospect - will necessarily entail a grid penalty.

"Examination of the number 16 SF21 carried out yesterday in Maranello, revealed that on top of this, the engine was irreparably damaged and cannot be used again, following the impact from Lance Stroll's Aston Martin," the Scuderia said ina statement released on Tuesday.

"This is a further blow for Scuderia Ferrari and the Monegasque driver. This damage has a financial impact and also racing ramifications, given that over the remaining 12 race weekends this season, it is highly likely the team could be obliged to fit a fourth ICE to Charles' SF21, thus incurring grid penalties."

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Leclerc wasn't the only driver to sustain engine damage as a result of Sunday's mayhem, with the Honda unit powering Red Bull's Sergio Perez also failing, although the team has yet to confirm whether the unit is salvageable or not.

Furthermore, Honda also introduced in Hungary a third and final engine into Max Verstappen's pool of hardware after a crack was discovered in the Dutchman's Silverstone unit.

But the Japanese manufacturer said that it would undertake further checks on the power unit to see if it could be repaired.

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Verstappen: 'I'm absolutely sure I'm faster than Hamilton'

Max Verstappen is nothing if not confident, and the Red Bull driver has reminded everyone of that fact by claiming to being "absolutely sure" he's faster than arch-rival Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen enjoyed a strong start to his summer period, winning three consecutive races - in France, Styria and Austria - to build himself a healthy 32-point lead over Hamilton ahead of the British Grand Prix, the Briton's home race.

The high-profile crash at Silverstone between the Dutchman and the Mercedes driver ended up massively benefitting the latter who went on to win race, amid the controversy.

But last weekend's eventful race in Hungary, where Verstappen was once again involved in an opening lap incident, although through no fault of his own, delivered another points advantage to the seven-time world champion who also reclaimed the lead in the Drivers' standings.

However, Verstappen is determined to fight back, armed with his outstanding talent but his ultra-confident mindset.

"I’m sure we can make it an exciting battle," the 23-year-old told De Telegraaf. "We still have a good chance of winning and should not suddenly give up.

"I see it this way: I can still go faster than anyone in a car. There is also something in it. I am absolutely sure that I am faster than Lewis.

"For me it works very well to think like that. If I didn’t think so, I’d be better off staying at home."

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Verstappen's performance in the first part of the 2021 season was helped in part by the edge enjoyed by Red Bull's Honda-powered RB16B over Mercedes' W12.

However, a final update package implemented on its car at Silverstone has delivered an overall improvement to the Brackley squad's car.

Verstappen insists his team now needs to dig in and work to extract more from its car.

"I think the cars were certainly equal earlier this year," he said. "Now Mercedes is back on track and we have to ensure that we straighten it at least. Then I can make the difference.

"It is now up to us to keep working to find just that one or two tenths that they have taken back during this season.

"Look, Mercedes was so dominant in the years before, so in that regard we are in much better shape this season.

"Of course, it also helped a bit that the rules were changed slightly for this year. But we will have to see what we can still get out of the car."

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