During the celebration of the first free practices of the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, the FIA published the document confirming the changes in the components of the power units. That’s when the paddock was shocked by the five-position penalty Sergio Pérez will receive for fitting a new internal combustion engine to his Red Bull car.
In this way, the Mexican driver will have to add five places to the result he achieves in the classification on Saturday [night in Spain], as will the Chinese from Alfa Romeo, Guanyu Zhou, who will also have the same new part at his disposal and will receive the same punishment as that of Guadalajara.
No other driver has made a power unit change so far this weekend, although both George Russell and Alex Albon have switched to their fourth and final permitted gearbox of the season, without penalty.
Thus, the fight for the world runner-up will become even more exciting, and that is that the Red Bull player is playing for second place in the world championship against Charles Leclerc, who presumably will also have to serve a penalty during the weekend for riding new elements in its power unit, which will receive updates to improve reliability.
It is expected that he will do it tonight, and that on Saturday his new engine will be released and therefore he will receive the penalty.
If the bad news for the Monegasque is confirmed, both rivals for second place will have to face a comeback from the middle of the peloton, which will give Max Verstappen more chances to win, or Carlos Sainz and George Russell to get closer in points in the fight for that position in the standings.
The Mexican enjoys a single point advantage over Leclerc, while there are 46 differences over the Briton from Mercedes and 51 over the Spaniard from Ferrari, more than two gap Grand Prix with only four pending celebration, a difficult task… but not impossible.
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