It was announced yesterday that Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr is set to take a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change at the Italian Grand Prix.
Sainz pulled into the pit lane with a power unit issue after the second formation lap at the Belgian Grand Prix. Though the Toro Rosso driver did emerge from the pits he was over a lap down and eventually retired on lap 32, his fourth successive DNF from a reliability issue.
Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza Sainz says he will face a grid demotion for changing a power unit component. It moves him on to the same spec of engine team-mate Max Verstappen used to fight back through the field for eighth at Spa after starting 18th. Sainz Jr stated the following about the situation as follows:-
‘I just can’t wait to get back in to the car, even if I have to change the engine. But that spec seemed to work quite well for [Verstappen] in Spa. I’m positive even if I’ll have to take a 10-place grid penalty … I really want to at least gain all those positions back in the race, as he did in Spa.’
As Sainz Jr stated himself all he can do is take the penalty this weekend if he needs to and see if the situation can go the way Verstappen’s did in the last race in Spa. But it is clear no matter what happens, Sainz Jr will be racing as hard as he has been all season and will relish the fight to come back to the front of the grid and let’s hope this is the case for him this weekend in Monza.