Fourteen days after going for a fully new power unit in Belgium, Red Bull has made a decision to put in a new internal combustion engine to Verstappen’s engine pool, incurring a five-place penalty for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Monza sometimes appears as a prime possibility to introduce new power units and have a grid penalty as its long straights should make upgrading the field easier than at another races in Singapore and Japan.
Therefore, Verstappen will put in a fresh fifth ICE to his pool while going for a minimal hit.
As widely expected, Verstappen’s teammate Perez in addition has had a brand new V6 engine installed.
Since it is the very first time Perez has exceeded his allowance of three ICEs, he’ll have a 10-place grid penalty. Perez in addition has taken his fourth gearbox, that is still within limits.
On Friday it had been initially revealed that Ferrari driver Sainz would have a new energy store, MGU-K and gearbox, which may cost him 25 places on the grid.
Before FP2 Sainz also took new control electronics, which triggered a back-of-the-grid start for the Spaniard.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
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In any event Sainz will undoubtedly be joined at the trunk by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who in addition has taken a fourth power unit of the growing season, as was announced on Thursday.
Yuki Tsunoda begins behind the grid aswell. The AlphaTauri driver have been slapped with a 10-place grid penalty for finding a fifth reprimand of the growing season in Zandvoort the other day, where he was penalised for driving to the pits along with his seatbelts loosened after he stopped on the right track.
With Tsunoda going for a penalty anyway, AlphaTauri has had the opportunity to provide him new power unit.
Tsunoda’s day got worse when he copped a three-place grid penalty for failing woefully to decelerate sufficiently for yellow flags in FP2, that have been due to Mick Schumahcer’s stricken Haas. The Japanse driver also received two penalty points, taking his add up to eight for days gone by 12 months.
Finally, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas in addition has turned F1’s wheel of fortune and came away with a 15-place grid drop when planning on taking a fresh ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H from Ferrari.
Along with his immediate rivals going for a grid penalty, Charles Leclerc’s likelihood of winning his second Italian Grand Prix on Ferrari’s home soil have obtained a boost, even though penalties for Sainz, Perez and Hamilton have afforded Verstappen a less strenuous path to leading.