F1: Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen to start from back of the grid at French GP

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen will start from the BACK of the grid for the French Grand Prix after the pair take on new engine components to exceed their allocation for the season

  • Carlos Sainz will start at the back of the grid for Sunday’s French Grand Prix 
  • The Ferrari driver has taken on new engine components after a failure in Austria 
  • He will be joined at the back in the race by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen will start Sunday’s French Formula One Grand Prix at Le Castellet from the back of the grid due to engine penalties.

The governing FIA said before final practice on Saturday that Ferrari and Haas had replaced the internal combustion engine, turbocharger and motor generator units in their cars’ power units.

The changes exceed both driver’s allocation for the season, triggering automatic penalties.

Carlos Sainz will have to battle through the grid in the French Grand Prix due to his penalty

Sainz, the winner at the British Grand Prix and fourth in the championship, already had a 10-place penalty after taking part in Friday practice with new control electronics.

The Spaniard, fastest on Friday, had been widely expected to drop further as a consequence of his car’s engine blowing and catching fire in Austria two weeks ago.

‘It’s always difficult to overtake but he’s got the pace, it can be a good race for him,’ Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto told Sky Sports television.

Sainz will be joined at the back of the grid by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on Sunday

Sainz will be joined at the back of the grid by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on Sunday

‘I think he’s focusing on trying to have a good weekend and trying to minimise the disadvantage of having the penalties.’

Ferrari are chasing their third successive win this weekend, with Charles Leclerc triumphant in Austria after Sainz’s Silverstone success.

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