McLaren set for engine penalties at Monza

After facing a 105-place grid penalty at Spa-Francorchamps, McLaren braces for another rough weekend as they approach the ‘Temple of Speed’ for the Italian Grand Prix.

In Belgium, Honda introduced an upgraded engine and brought into play two fresh power units. However, the decision to change power units once again in Monza is believed to be more of a strategic move to help increase the engine pool, instead of any technical issues.

With the changes it means penalties once again for Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

Button will serve a five-place drop while Alonso will drop 10 spots on the grid.

The reason for the different engine penalties are due to the new components, which drop a driver 10-places and five-places for any extra components after that.

Button has already used an MGU-H and turbo charger, and has already served a 10-place grid penalty.

Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso are also set for engine change penalties.

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