Leclerc, who had scored his sixth pole place of the season, dashed for a pitstop underneath a digital security automotive – induced by his team-mate Carlos Sainz retiring with a hydraulics concern – to hold a 13-second lead.
However his possibilities of victory went up in smoke when his engine blew at hand the win to defending champion Max Verstappen, as Ferrari misplaced a possible win for the third race in a row.
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The facility unit utilized in Baku comprised a refurbished inner combustion engine, which was handed match to be used regardless of having been a part of the configuration that failed whereas Leclerc led in Spain.
That retirement, which worn out the turbo and MGU-H, left Leclerc to run in Azerbaijan with a mix of previous and new parts at a observe with the best throttle calls for on the calendar.
Ferrari has intimated that these carried-over elements may have induced the failure in Baku.
The Monegasque, who has not received since Australia, will now run a completely new powertrain set-up for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after the Baku system was discovered to be “past restore”.
A Ferrari assertion learn: “[An] investigation confirmed Charles’ Baku PU is past restore.
“One potential reason for the failure is that it occurred as a consequence of the PU downside in Spain.
“We at the moment are engaged on countermeasures to strengthen the package deal and the scenario is underneath management.”
The write-off of the Baku powertrain leaves Leclerc on the verge of not less than a 10-place grid penalty as he bids to shut a 34-point hole to championship chief Verstappen.
Ferrari, 80 factors adrift of Pink Bull, ushered in a revised powertrain specification for the Miami GP in a bid to enhance reliability.
That second energy unit, plus the brand new turbocharger for Baku, has put Leclerc as much as the maximum-permitted three turbos for the season.
Charles Leclerc will quickly be dealing with grid penalties after transferring to his third energy unit of 2022
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos
Talking in Montreal, Leclerc stated: “Clearly we’re not in the very best scenario potential.”
Requested to verify the scenario relating to taking a grid-place hit for Canada, he continued: “Then for the ability unit change, I believe there are nonetheless ongoing discussions.
“For now, no choice is taken. However sure, it’s not the very best place to be in.”
Regardless of the lengthy again straight doubtlessly favouring the top-speed credentials of Pink Bull, courtesy of its robust rebadged Honda engine and low-drag set-up utilized in Baku, Leclerc reckoned Montreal might be a superb venue to take the hit due to the passing alternatives.
He stated: “It’s as much as us to decide on the very best observe the place you need to get a penalty, should you get a penalty.
“This is among the tracks the place it’s fairly simple to overhaul, however there are additionally tracks within the subsequent three or 4 races the place it’s fairly simple to overhaul too.
“So, we’ll focus on and attempt to take the very best choice from there.”