Charles Leclerc does not expect the improved engine in his Ferrari to make a world of difference.

De Monegask, who has to take a grid penalty due to the adjustment at the Sochi Grand Prix, sees it as a small step forward.

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The improvements are made to the engine's hybrid system and are said to deliver an additional ten horsepower.

The intention is partly to gather information for the car of 2022.

"Obviously, if we have something that's better, we'll try to bring it to the track," explains Leclerc.

"We expect it to help us a little bit, but don't count on big changes. It's a step in the right direction."

As the two-time Grand Prix winner has already consumed the maximum number of permitted engine components, he will have to start at the back in Sunday's race at the Sochi Autodrom.

He still sees a chance for a good result in unpredictable weather conditions.

"For now it looks like it's going to rain. If that's the case, it might be an unpredictable race and we can take advantage of that. But even when it's dry, there's good overtaking on this track. So let's see how it's alright."

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Sainz: 'This should make our lives easier'

Teammate Carlos Sainz will have to be patient for a while.

His Ferrari will not be equipped with the new engine until one of the upcoming Grands Prix.

"The agreement was already that Charles can taste it first," says the Spaniard.

"The team has put a lot of effort into making this happen, so I'm very curious to see how it goes. Ultimately, it should make our lives easier."

Leclerc and Sainz occupy sixth and seventh place respectively in the World Cup standings.

Ferrari is fourth in the constructors' championship, behind Mercedes, Red Bull and McLaren.

Russian GP Timetable

  • First free practice: Friday 10.30 am

  • Second free practice: Friday 2 p.m.

  • Third free practice: Saturday 11 a.m.

  • Qualification: Saturday 2 p.m.

  • Race: Sunday 2 p.m.

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