It would seem that Fernando Alonso’s engine situation isn’t as dire as first predicted a few weeks ago, according to reports from Germany.
We reported that the Spaniard had started on his eighth and final Ferrari V8 engine of the season allocated to him under the sport’s rules from as early as the Italian Grand Prix, and the Spaniard would face the potentially championship-ending prospect of a 10-place grid penalty if he needed a ninth engine before the end of the season.
But there is a plus side, as this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix will the last in which Alonso needs to drive with a higher-mileage engine behind him, Auto Motor und Sport tells us.
In fact, the double World Champion still has a low-mileage engine available to him, stemming from as long ago as the Bahrain Grand Prix, where he changed an engine without penalty after qualifying at the season-opening round – a race he went on to win when, coincidentally, race-leader Sebastian Vettel slowed with his own engine maladies.
Under the sport’s rules, he has been prevented from using that engine – which was replaced when Ferrari raised concerns about it overheating that weekend – for anything other than practice sessions this season, and only at the final round of the season is he allowed to use for a race situation.
So when the Abu Dhabi finale comes around in less than two weeks’ time, it might be easy to guess which powerplant Fernando will use in his F60…
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