Championship rivals Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc will take grid penalties for exceeding their power unit parts allocation at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
They are among six drivers who will have grid penalties this weekend for exceeding the limits on power unit components and gearbox parts. Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas and Mick Schumacher will also take grid drops.
The FIA confirmed Verstappen, Norris and Ocon are all required to start from the back of the grid as they have all collected more than 15 grid place penalties for individual power unit component infringements.
Leclerc, Schumacher and Bottas have collected grid drops through their combinations of power unit and gearbox penalties. Leclerc has a total grid drop of 25 places, Schumacher 20 places and Bottas 20. By avoiding a “back of the grid” penalty, Leclerc, Schumacher and Bottas will line up in front of the three other penalised drivers. Leclerc’s power unit penalties were spread across the first two practice sessions, an option which may not have been open to other drivers whose cars required complete power unit changes.
The final starting order of all six will be influenced by their performance in qualifying. Further penalties could follow if their teams fit additional new parts to their cars.
Other drivers have also taken new engines without incurring penalties. These are Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll, Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi – all of which are powered by Mercedes.
Schumacher: 10-place grid drop for exceeding maximum number of power unit components and 10-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
Leclerc: 15-place grid drop for exceeding maximum number of power unit components and 10-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
Bottas: 15-place grid drop for exceeding maximum number of power unit components and five-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components (the stewards originally announced a 10-place grid drop but later reduced it to five)
Ocon: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components
Norris: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components (issued twice for two separate infringements)
Verstappen: Start at the back of the grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components and five-place grid drop for exceeding limit on restricted-number components
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