Verstappen and Leclerc edge closer to penalties for new gearboxes

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are a step nearer to being hit with a penalty after taking new gearboxes for the F1 Miami Grand Prix.
(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing in qualifying parc ferme with Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari. Formula 1
(L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing in qualifying parc ferme…

Current F1 rules state that drivers are permitted four gearboxes throughout the entire 23-race season.

Both Red Bull’s Verstappen and Ferrari’s Leclerc have already moved onto their third gearbox in advance of the Miami Grand Prix, the fifth round of the 2023 season.

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Verstappen has been frustrated with his gearboxes this second, opting to move onto his second after being unsatisfied at the opening two grands prix.

Leclerc moved onto a new gearbox at the start of the weekend, but following his crash in qualifying was forced to again take his third of the season.

Leclerc served a 10-place grid penalty in Saudi Arabia, the second round, when he took his  third Control Electronics of the year, with only two permitted.

For Ferrari driver Leclerc this will be a concern about his team’s ability to deliver a reliable and competitive car.

For Verstappen a potential grid penalty down the line could impact the title fight with his teammate Sergio Perez.

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