Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will lose a total of 55 places on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix due to extensive changes to their power units this weekend.
Alonso has been penalised a total of 30 places – despite there only being 20 cars in the field and the grid having a maximum size of 26 – after changing his engine, turbochargers, MGU-H, MGU-K and control electronics. These incur one ten-place penalty plus four five-place penalties.
Button will lose 25 places on the grid after changing the same components with the exception of his electronics.
As they will not be able to serve either penalty in full, they would previously both have received further penalties during a race. However due to a recent rules change that is no longer the case.
2015 Belgian Grand Prix
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