Engine change penalties aren’t solely isolated to McLaren-Honda at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The FIA Stewards have confirmed that Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen will incur a 10-place grid drop after the team will be forced to change his Renault Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) overnight.

The Belgian-born Dutch racer finished Friday’s second practice session 13th-fastest, one-tenth of a second behind teammate Carlos Sainz Jr.

It is not the first time this season that the troublesome Renault power units have led to a grid penalty for Verstappen. He was previously hit with a 15-place grid drop in June’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Image via Scuderia Toro Rosso

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