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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc gives update on Ferrari engine issues

Charles Leclerc has discussed his recent engine issues ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc has confirmed that Ferrari has discovered a solution to its recent engine issue which caused his retirement from the Canadian Grand Prix. 

Ferrari endured its worst weekend of the season in Montreal as Carlos Sainz spun late on and was hit by the unfortunate Alex Albon in his Williams. 

An in-depth investigation of its power unit has revealed the cause of the problem that resulted in Leclerc's early exit just two weeks after experiencing the joy of winning his home race in Monaco.

Leclerc heads into this weekend's Spanish GP free of any potential additional concern surrounding the engine, with the 26-year-old confident of a strong result and performance around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. 

"We found a solution," Leclerc confirmed to select media, including RacingNews365. "I'm not going to go into the details of what it was exactly. 

"But, obviously, we were losing a lot of lap time in the straights which pushed us to retire the car. This was difficult to control until we actually understood what what went wrong, and we have fixed it.

"The thing we have been focusing most on in the last few days since we understood the engine issue was the lack of performance on the Saturday, which, again, I think we didn't manage things the way we should have. 

"There was probably more performance in the car. So I'm confident that we'll be back to our level here in Barcelona."

Spanish GP 'important'

The Canadian GP was not Leclerc's first engine drama of the season as he also suffered problems during the Miami Grand Prix. 

Ferrari has been forced to address the concerns , although Leclerc has dismissed any reason to be worried for the rest of the year, and that grid penalties may hinder his cause.

"We are not concerned," Leclerc added. "Of course, there have been quite a few movements with the engine lately, and we are evaluating absolutely everything but no concern for now. 

"We are just playing with the engines we have in the pool, and then we'll see after this race. It will be an important one for us to assess everything."

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