Ferrari is going through a tough phase during the 2022 championship as both drivers were forced to retire in around 20 laps at Baku. The Italian racing team is troubled with reliability issues as Charles retired for the second time in the last three races. Carlos Sainz Jr. was knocked out of the race due to a hydraulic malfunction in the ninth lap. And Charles’ race ended due to a power unit issue.
After Sunday’s race, team principal Mattia Binotto said he had no answers to what happened in Baku. Leclerc’s engine will arrive at the factory on Wednesday with just a few days left before the Canadian GP in Montreal. Moreover, Ferrari has revealed that the internal examination will be done by tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, the Ferrari engineers examined the hydraulics and have found a short-term fix that will be used in Montreal this weekend. At the same time, the racing team is also working on Mid long-term solutions.
Leclerc To Use His Third Power Unit In Montreal
In the tournament, each driver can only use three power units per season. Moreover, failure to comply could lead to the driver starting back on the grid in the next race. The Monegasque switched to his second power unit after a failure at the Spanish Grand Prix earlier in May. The 24-year-old was frustrated about another troubling retirement in Baku. Charles said that the failure in Baku was the third in a row, and it was not very easy.
However, Leclerc was confident about being mentally stronger than he was five races ago. He was looking to find the motivation for the next race and get back in shape he was while leading the championship. Moreover, the Monacan driver pointed out that Ferrari needs to get back on top of things after the last three days, especially reliability issues. Leclerc added, “As a team, we need to maybe do a step on that.”
The recent DNF in Baku has affected Leclerc and Ferrari greatly. Leclerc has already lost his lead in the drivers’ standings to Max Verstappen. After the Baku race, Verstappen now has a 21 points lead over the Monegasque. Meanwhile, Checo climbed to the second spot with 129 points. Thus, Leclerc will have to fight really hard in Canada to get Ferrari back at the front and keep Red Bull in the championship battle.