Bad luck continues to stalk Ferrari. And, after the suspension of the first free practice of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) decided to sanction the Spanish driver, Carlos Sainz.
The reason? The change he made to the battery, engine and chassis of his car.
It is worth mentioning that, during free practice, Sainz’s Ferrari hit a culvert that was on the Las Vegas circuit, causing severe damage to the car. The repair – which required more parts than the FIA allows – It cost the driver ten places for Sunday’s race.
Although the FIA recognized that the accident was a “highly unusual external situation”, it decided to sanction Carlos Sainz anyway.
“The Formula 1 Sports Regulations obliges all officials to apply the regulations as written. Consequently, the mandatory sanction specified in article 28.3 of the regulations must be applied,” stated the Federation.
Furthermore, the FIA completely closed the possibility of a repeal, causing the annoyance of the Ferrari team and especially Carlos Sainz.
“The situation with the sewer and the ten-place penalty is not acceptable, although we will deal with it in the race,” Sainz wrote on his social networks.