Fernando Alonso will start his home race from the back of the grid after Alpine fitted a fresh power unit to his car for today’s race.
At the sixth race of what is now a 22-round championship, Alonso has already exceeded his allocation of internal combustion engines, turbochargers, MGU-Hs and MGU-Ks (three of each) as well as energy stores and control electronics (two of each).
Alpine has also fitted a new exhaust to Alonso’s car, which is the third he may use this season, out of a maximum of eight.
F1’s rules state that a 10-place grid penalty is applied the first time an additional element is used and a five-place penalty for further elements. If a driver incurs a grid penalty of more than 15 places in a single event they are required to start from the back of the grid.
Alonso qualified 17th on the grid for his home race, so will only lose three positions. He blamed a “misunderstanding” with his team on the radio after he began his final lap of Q1 behind Lando Norris and aborted his attempt.
His penalty promotes Lance Stroll to 17th on the grid, followed by the Williams drivers Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi.
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