Honda has confirmed it is changing the power unit on Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso for a second time this weekend, which means he will incur grid penalties.
Yesterday Honda noticed a loss of power on Gasly’s new-specification unit during practice, which led them to replace it for his previous engine ahead of qualifying. He failed to progress beyond Q1, qualifying 16th.
“Having reverted back to the older [power unit] on Gasly’s car before qualifying, we are changing it for another unit prior to today’s race,” Honda announced on social media.
“The team based this decision on his grid position and future [power unit] allocation plans. Penalties mean he starts at the back of the grid.”
Gasly later revealed he will switch back to a new specification unit for the race. He said yesterday he wanted the upgraded unit back in his car “as soon as possible”.
Information from the FIA later confirmed Gasly has taken a new engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K.
Team mate Brendon Hartley, who was able to use the new unit during qualifying, said he expects it to give a greater benefit in the race than it did in qualifying.
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