Carlos Sainz sustained damage during the first free practice session in Las Vegas due to a loose manhole cover, and it now appears he will receive a grid drop as a result.
Carlos Sainz will receive a heavy grid drop for the Las Vegas Grand Prix due to damage to his Ferrari car during the opening free practice session. Sainz ran over a loose manhole cover, causing severe damage. The session was then abandoned for a track inspection. Ferrari requested to change the damaged parts, but the FIA stated that there is no provision in the regulations to allow this without penalty. Sainz will likely start the race from the back of the field, as his penalties are expected to be over 15 places.