Carlos Sainz is set for a grid drop at the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix after the stewards rejected a request from Ferrari to make penalty-free changes.
Ferrari requested a derogation from the regulations to replace Sainz’s damaged engine without a penalty, but their request was denied by the FIA stewards. The stewards stated that despite the unusual circumstances, the sporting regulations must be applied. As a result, Ferrari had to change the survival cell and replace the internal combustion engine, energy store, and control electronics in Sainz’s car. Sainz has been given a 10-place grid penalty for the upcoming race. The stewards acknowledged that they would have granted a derogation if allowed, but the regulations did not permit it.