McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso have already locked out the last three rows of the grid for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix after all three teams’ drivers were hit with grid penalties for engine changes.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen (pictured above) and the two McLaren drivers have joined the sister Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr and Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat in swapping out power unit components this weekend.

Last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix saw hefty engine change penalties for both McLaren drivers, as well as Verstappen.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat will serve 25- and 15-place grid drops respectively, while McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will drop 10 and 5 places. The two Toro Rosso drivers will drop 10 places apiece.

Given the three teams’ respective pace over the course of Friday practice, it is expected that they will occupy the last three rows of the grid for Sunday’s 53-lap race.

Image via Scuderia Toro Rosso

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