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 special permission to replace Carlos Sainz’s damaged engine without a penalty, but the request was denied by the FIA stewards. The stewards stated that even though the circumstances were unusual and unfortunate, the sporting regulations must be followed. As a result, Ferrari had to change several components of Sainz’s car, including the survival cell and internal combustion engine. Sainz will now face a grid penalty and may have to start the race from the pitlane. The stewards acknowledged that they would have granted a derogation in this case if they had the authority, but the regulations did not allow it.