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Leclerc joins title rival Verstappen on brink of grid penalty

Charles Leclerc has had new components fitted in his Ferrari, meaning that he edges closer to receiving a penalty.

Charles Leclerc has joined title rival Max Verstappen in moving closer towards a penalty after his car was fitted with new parts for the Hungarian Grand Prix. FIA documents released on Saturday confirm that Leclerc's F1-75 is running a new gearbox, as well as taking on a new exhaust system. The gearbox is the final of his permitted four for the season, while the exhaust is his last from the eight allocated. This means that the Monegasque has edged closer towards having to take a grid penalty, as is the case for Verstappen, who will also face punishment for any further gearbox-related changes after taking his fourth and final permitted elements for the campaign this weekend.

Others running new parts

Leclerc is not the only driver to have had changes made to their car, with George Russell also taking on a new motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K), his last of the three allocated. Elsewhere, like Leclerc, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi are both running a new gearbox case and cassette, as well as a new gearbox driveline, gear change components and auxiliary components.

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