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In the roundup: Carlos Sainz Jnr indicates that Ferrari will choose to take further power unit penalties ahead of the French Grand Prix.

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More power unit penalties to come before race, suggests Sainz

Sainz was handed a loss of 10 grid places after Ferrari installed a third electronic control unit in his car, exceeding his allocation of two for the 2022 season. Speaking after testing yesterday, he indicated that Ferrari would choose to take further engine block penalties ahead of the French Grand Prix, which almost certainly means it will start the race from the back of the grid.

Asked if Ferrari would consider taking a new power unit and incurring more penalties, Sainz replied “We’ll see.”

“I mean, I took 10, so you can expect what’s next,” he continued. “I’m focusing more on the long term because I’m not going to fight for pole position given the number of penalties.”

Nissany receives four grid spots for F2 sprint race

Williams development driver Roy Nissany has been handed a four-place grid drop for the Formula 2 sprint race at Paul Ricard for driving infractions during the practice session.

Nissany received a three-place drop for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner, passing Oliver Caldwell off the track at turn nine and then blocking Enzo Fittipaldi. Nissany was then hit with another one-place drop for hampering Caldwell at Turn 15 after the pair played for position.

Qualified in 20th place, Nissany will therefore start the sprint race 22nd and last. He is now on a total of eight penalty points.

VW Group CEO replaced by Porsche boss

Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group since 2020 and chairman of the board of directors since 2018, has been replaced. Diess guided the band in the aftermath of the Dieselgate emissions scandal, in which it was discovered that he had intentionally concealed the emissions from his diesel cars.

Earlier this year, Diess announced that the VW Group intended to enter Formula 1 with its Porsche and Audi brands. These plans cannot be jeopardized by the appointment of Oliver Blume as a replacement, as Blume was the first senior VW Group member to publicly announce the entry.

Blume confirmed last year that Porsche would develop new battery technologies on the race track, involving a planned entry into Formula 1. Porsche currently competes in Formula E, where standard batteries are used.

Visser takes first W Series pole as Chadwick is penalized

Beitske Visser clinched his first W Series pole position after provisional pole winner Jamie Chadwick was given a two-place grid penalty for crossing the white line on the pit exit.

Chadwick will start third on the grid, behind Visser and Nerea Marti, and ahead of Marta Garcia. Abbi Pulling – who sits second in the Drivers’ Championship after four races – qualified in 12th place.

“The penalty was warranted,” admitted Chadwick, who is aiming for his seventh straight win in the series. “It was my mistake and I knew I had done it straight away, so I was a little nervous about it during the session. It wasn’t something intentional, with the low light and the the way the white lines are with the highlights, it was a bit hard to see.

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