If you thought the engine change grid penalties at the Belgian Grand Prix were ridiculous, then the Italian Grand Prix has taken it to a completely new level.
Seven of the field’s twenty drivers – over one-third of the grid – have grid penalties for Sunday’s 53-lap race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, and things have become so ridiculous that McLaren duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will move up the grid despite themselves being penalised.
So far, the penalties issued amount to a total of 178 (!) grid spot drops, which – if actually applied – would probably mean some drivers would start the race on the Italian-Swiss border…
Here’s the summary of who’s been hit with what penalty:
- Marcus Ericsson – who originally qualified 10th-fastest – will drop 3 grid places for impeding Nico Hülkenberg in Q1.
- Carlos Sainz Jr – who originally qualified 13th-fastest – will drop 35 grid places for the use of new power unit elements.
- Daniil Kvyat – who originally qualified 14th-fastest – will drop will drop 30 grid places for the use of new power unit elements.
- Daniel Ricciardo (pictured above) – who originally qualified 15th-fastest – will drop 50 grid places for the use of new power unit elements.
- Jenson Button – who originall qualified 16th-fastest – will drop 15 grid places for the use of new power unit elements.
- Fernando Alonso – who originally qualified 17th-fastest – will drop 10 grid places for the use of new power unit elements.
- Max Verstappen – who failed to qualify but will be allowed to start the race – will drop 30 grid places for the use of new power unit elements, and will additionally serve a pit lane drive-through penalty in the first three laps of the race for his car being released from the pits in an unsafe condition during Q1.
The wash-up of all of the penalties is that Manor-Marussia duo Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi – both comfortably slowest of those to set a time in Q1 – will start the race from 13th and 14th respectively.
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