Yuki Tsunoda will reduce his workload to earn points at the Canadian Grand Prix when his Alfatouri team had his car triggered a grid penalty with a series of new engine components.
The Japanese driver was last set for a top-six finish in Baku, what would be his best result of the season, when his DRS problem stopped the pit late and finally pulled him out of the points.
Prior to the first practice of this weekend Montreal race, which returned to the calendar for the first time since 2019 after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the FIA released a list of power unit component changes for the Canadian weekend.
Tsunoda will take on a completely new engine – with a fresh internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-K, MGU-H, control electronics and energy store – as well as the fifth exhaust of the season.
As this is his fourth ICE of the year, Turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K, thus exceeding his allotment, he will receive four penalties from the stewards, the start of the grid for Sunday’s race.
Ferrari, meanwhile, said the power unit used by title contestant Charles Leclerc in Baku is “beyond repair”, with the team working on resistance to “strengthen the package” after their double DNF in Azerbaijan. He added: “The situation is under control.”
It was later confirmed that Leclerc, a two-time winner this year, would run the new Control Electronics here, a 10-place grid penalty for Montreal.
At Haas, Kevin Magnusen, who had an engine failure in Baku, will drive a new Ferrari ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H, but like Leclerc, he escapes the penalty for being within his reach.
Alpine’s Esteban O’Connor allows Leclerc, Tsunoda, and Magnusen to take the third and final ICE before starting the penalty. It will also run a new turbocharger, MGU-H and control electronics.