Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2018

Bottas and Hulkenberg to start from back of grid due to engine penalties

2018 Belgian Grand Prix

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Valtteri Bottas will start the Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to an engine change penalty.

Mercedes has confirmed it has decided to fit a complete new power unit to his car, which takes him beyond the maximum allocation of all six elements.

Lewis Hamilton will also run a new power unit but has not exceeded his allocation and will not receive a penalty.

Mercedes’ customer teams are also running the upgraded engines.

Nico Hulkenberg will also start from the back of the grid as he has also exceeded his allocation by taking a complete new Renault power unit.

How many power unit components each driver has used

28Toro RossoHondaBrendon Hartley655533
10Toro RossoHondaPierre Gasly555433
27RenaultRenaultNico Hulkenberg444333
77MercedesMercedesValtteri Bottas444333
7FerrariFerrariKimi Raikkonen342222
3Red BullTAG HeuerDaniel Ricciardo333333
14McLarenRenaultFernando Alonso333322
8HaasFerrariRomain Grosjean333222
20HaasFerrariKevin Magnussen333222
9SauberFerrariMarcus Ericsson333222
31SauberFerrariCharles Leclerc333222
55RenaultRenaultCarlos Sainz Jnr333222
5FerrariFerrariSebastian Vettel333222
2McLarenRenaultStoffel Vandoorne333222
44MercedesMercedesLewis Hamilton333222
11Force IndiaMercedesSergio Perez333222
31Force IndiaMercedesEsteban Ocon333222
18WilliamsMercedesLance Stroll333222
35WilliamsMercedesSergey Sitorkin333222
33Red BullTAG HeuerMax Verstappen232322

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12 comments on “Bottas and Hulkenberg to start from back of grid due to engine penalties”

  1. Will be interested to see if Merc he have managed to narrow the engine gap that Ferrari have managed to open.

    They certainly won’t take kindly to being out horsed and will be pushing like crazy.

  2. Mercedes have had a tendency to make a jump in performance after the summer break reletive to Ferrari, so it’s possible.

    Worth noting though, that that extra power the Ferrari had the last couple of races didn’t seem to do them much good. Yes, wet weather played a part, but that extra grunt only seemed to be good for a couple of quick laps.

    Spa and Monza will be the best tracks I think for comparing the two teams. Though, with the wet weather expected much of this weekend, it’s goign to be interesting to see if Ferrari have been able to make that car more stable in the wet. It hampered them in qualifying at Hungary and we all know what happened in Germany.

  3. So no wingman

    1. @johnmilk

      Can we now use the term “rear gunner” :)

      1. Seems appropriate

  4. Oh well, at least this means that we’re up for an overtaking-show from Bottas. 6th should be reachable thanks to the significant pace advantage the Mercedes car has over the cars of all the other teams Ferrari and Red Bull excluded. Now, concerning Hulkenberg’s chances: lower points-positions (P7-P10) should be achievable for him.

    1. Yes, renault have proven they can climb back lots of places as well even if they’re not a top team in china, if the track is good for overtaking and spa is, can barely target the points though I believe without a lot of dropouts between the top teams.

  5. So who actually starts 20th – Bottas or Hulkenberg?

    1. Mercedes announced the intention to change PU parts to the technical delegate earlier – so that would make Bottas to start 19th and Hülkenberg 20th.

      1. @bleu During the practice sessions someone at Sky mentioned that it was actually Bottas who was going to start last – Renault managing to do it just a bit before Mercedes.

        1. Think it also depends on qualifying, so bottas should have the edge if they take part in all sessions they can.

          1. Can it be decided based on qualifying time? Or is it a matter of who communicated the decision first?
            If it´s the latter I doubt they take part of the qualifying sessions

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