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Alonso joins list of penalised drivers

  • Published on 28 Sep 2018 11:49
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Fernando Alonso has become the fifth driver to receive a grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix this weekend after taking on new power unit components. The Spaniard will join both Red Bulls and Toro Rossos towards the back of the field on Sunday.

Following the Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull opted to revert back to the 'spec B' Renault engine. Toro Rosso also fitted new parts to both of its cars ahead of Sochi, and now McLaren has joined in by placing fresh elements in Alonso's car.

The Spaniard's McLaren was driven by Lando Norris during the first free practice session on Friday morning. All five of the penalised cars rushed to be the first out onto the circuit, with Norris coming out first, ensuring that Alonso will start the Grand Prix from no lower than P16.

All five cars have been fitted with a new combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K. Verstappen, Alonso and Hartley also have a new control electronics, while Verstappen and Alonso have taken on new energy stores.

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  • You get a penalty! And you get a penalty! And you get a penalty! You aaaallll get a penalty!
    Welcome to the very predictable and predicted last quarter of the season where the engine allocations run out before the remaining races do.
    Liberty and FIA please please please abolish the stupid 3 (or 4 or 5 or whatever) engine limit rules going into 2019, immediately?
    It's called the pinnacle of motorsport, not the pinnacle of thrift.
    Right now you're not doing very well at either.

    • + 2
    • Sep 28 2018 - 12:57
  • f1dave

    Posts: 684

    And they still have the nerve to call it a "drivers" championship.

    • + 1
    • Sep 28 2018 - 16:07
    • But cant you see it was for your benefit!? I had to cut my legs off, so I could fit all the spoons in!

      • + 0
      • Sep 29 2018 - 07:35
  • xoya

    Posts: 450

    Come see F1!
    Championship in which you get fuel saving, tyre saving, engine saving and some more fuel saving. Feeling excited yet?!
    Wait, there's more!
    You also get the procession in which a driver always wins if he starts 1st, even if he has a broken engine for 3/4ths of it. Goody!

    • + 1
    • Sep 28 2018 - 22:52
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