Photo: McLaren-Honda F1 Team

Alonso Receives Grid Penalty Following Engine Change

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Fernando Alonso will have to start from the back of the grid for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix after requiring an engine change following first practice.

The Spaniard suffered a water leak in the ERS in FP1 in the wake of Honda spent seven tokens for a major power unit upgrade that debuted at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The Mclaren-Honda F1 Team confirmed that the two-time Formula 1 world champion will need new ICE, MGU-H, MGU-K, turbo, energy store and control electronics.

With it being Alonso’s sixth change of each unit, he will receive a 35-place grid penalty.

Even though each unit was changed out, the team will continue to move forward with new components of the same specifications as those in FP1, meaning Alonso will still run with the upgraded engine.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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