Charles Leclerc will be the beneficiary of an improved power unit for the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday, with Ferrari announcing they plan to change the power unit in the Monaco driver’s car. 

This will see Leclerc handed a grid-place penalty as per the rules of the sport, although the evolved power unit will debut the new hybrid system which is set to become common place in the 2022 vehicles. 

“The Russian Grand Prix will see the introduction of a new technical component for Ferrari: a power unit equipped with an updated hybrid system, the introduction of which was already mentioned a few weeks ago,” read a Ferrari statement. 

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during 2021 Russian Grand Prix press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“The main objective is to gain experience for the 2022 car project, a great effort has been made, both technically and logistically. 

“It will be Carlos Sainz’s turn later when it is appropriate.” 

Outside of then official information given by the Italian team, it’s rumoured that Ferrari’s engine will gain between five and nine horsepower, which would dramatically cut the gap to Red Bull and Mercedes

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