Fernando Alonso will start this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after McLaren were forced to again replace his power unit.
The team had already introduced an upgraded power unit ahead of this weekend spending seven of their development tokens to upgrade their package. However, after an oil leak sidelined the Spaniard in FP1 having completed only three installation laps, the team swapped power units for FP2 to ensure he got track time.
This means that Alonso is now on his sixth component for every system – the internal combustion engine, MGU-H, MGU-K, the turbocharger, control electronics and the energy store pack.
A sixth change of the internal combustion engine results in a 10-place grid drop, with every element changed after that worth 5-places.
The replaced power unit is the same upgraded one McLaren brought to Spa, Honda confirmed.
As is the same with Hamilton, by taking such a large penalty in one go, Alonso will start the Belgian Grand Prix last without any penalties following him to Monza despite accumulating a 35-place drop on the grid.
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