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Sainz and Magnussen to start French GP from back of the grid

Jul 23 2022
By Josh Suttill

Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen will start at the back of the grid for Formula 1’s French Grand Prix after both drivers took a suite of new engine components.

Sainz’s Ferrari team elected to take a new control electronics on Friday at Paul Ricard, triggering a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

This has now become a back-of-the-grid penalty after he added a new MGU-K, MGU-H, turbocharger and internal combustion engine (ICE) on Saturday that takes him over his allowance for each of those components – as well as a new exhaust system, though this is within his 2022 allowance.

It follows his engine failure at the Austrian GP which resulted in his retirement while he was chasing down Max Verstappen for second place.

He’ll be joined on the back row of the grid by fellow Ferrari-powered driver Magnussen who had reported engine issues throughout the Austrian GP weekend and like Sainz, the Haas driver has taken a new ICE, TC, MGU-K, MGU-H and exhaust system.

Sainz’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc has also taken a new exhaust system – his seventh of the season which puts him just one system adrift of the limit for 2022.

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