Vasseur: Sainz F1 grid penalty after Vegas incident a "huge hit" for Ferrari
Carlos Sainz’s car suffered significant damage during the practice session due to running over a water valve cover. The team had to rebuild the car using a spare chassis and replace the power unit and gearbox. Unfortunately, replacing the energy store triggered a grid penalty for Sainz. The team argued that it was a case of force majeure but their plea was unsuccessful. Despite the setback, the team is focused on performing well in qualifying and the race. Vasseur also mentioned that the team encountered a funny situation, where they were able to change the chassis because the rule prohibiting it only applied until midnight. On a positive note, Charles Leclerc performed well in the second practice session, making Ferrari optimistic for the rest of the weekend. They anticipate challenges with tire graining but are confident in adapting to the changing track conditions.