Ferrari’s rocky start to the 2023 season has been plagued with mechanical issues, forcing Charles Leclerc out of the Bahrain Grand Prix while he was in P3 behind the two Red Bulls.
However, there is a glimmer of hope for Leclerc as he may be able to avoid a penalty at the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The circumstances surrounding his forced withdrawal will be considered, and the decision will ultimately rest in the hands of the officials.
The outcome of this decision will undoubtedly impact Leclerc’s performance for the rest of the season, and all eyes will be on Ferrari as they work to iron out their reliability issues.
Concerns arose that Ferrari may have to replace parts which could result in a grid drop for Charles Leclerc at the next race in Jeddah. However, investigations conducted at Maranello have provided some reassurance, as it has been concluded that the first of the two control units can be salvaged.
This news will relieve the team and fans alike, as the prospect of starting with a grid penalty would have undoubtedly hindered Leclerc’s performance. Nonetheless, the team must work diligently to maintain their reliability moving forward in the season.
Ferrari has identified the root cause of the issue as a breakdown in wiring resulting from insufficient fastening between the engine and the chassis. Leclerc expressed disappointment after the race, stating that he had a great start and was managing the pace well until he lost power.
Nevertheless, the Scuderia team remains optimistic that the issue has been resolved, and Leclerc can confidently return to track.