Fernando Alonso is likely to start the Belgian Grand Prix from back of the grid after being handed a 35-place grid penalty for a complete change of power unit.
Alonso’s McLaren developed an oil leak during first practice, limiting the Spaniard to just three laps of the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
After thorough investigation, engine partners Honda have decided to install a completely new power unit on his car. With Alonso surpassing the allocation of five units per element, he will drop 35 places on the grid - effectively demoting him to the back row.
Alonso’s former McLaren teammate and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has already been given a 15-place penalty for changing certain elements on the power unit.
Likewise, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson will start 10 places below his qualifying position for using a sixth turbocharger.
by Rachit Thukral