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Carlos Sainz

Ferrari summoned by stewards after Sainz FP1 damage

Carlos Sainz's Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend has got off to a difficult start after he sustained damage from a loose drain cover minutes into the first free practice session.

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Carlos Sainz has been summoned by the Stewards after a number of components were changed on his car after FP1 in Las Vegas.

The opening practice session of the weekend was abandoned after Sainz and Alpine's Esteban Ocon sustained damage due to a loose drain cover on the track.

The FIA has confirmed that it plans to start FP2 at 02:00 local time following a delay of two hours, with the session extended to 90 minutes.

Ferrari has been forced to change Sainz's chassis, Internal Combustion Engine, Energy Store and Control Electronics as a result of the car damage during FP1.

Swapping in new versions of these parts would normally result in a grid drop.

However there may be leeway for Ferrari to argue its case against a penalty as the damage was inflicted as a result of substandard track conditions, with the team representative ordered to the stewards at 01:00 local time - 09:00.

“During the first practice session, Car 55 was damaged due to a contact with a faulty drain,” read a statement from the FIA.

“It appears that components which are restricted by the Formula One Sporting Regulations have to be replaced.

“This could potentially lead to a breach of Article 28.2 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations.”

While Sainz's car remains under repair, Alpine has confirmed that Ocon's car is ready to return to the track for FP2.

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