Several teams set an engine changes for Italian Grand Prix – most of them strategic. It means numerous drivers will move down the Monza grid, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo taking the biggest penalty of 25 places.
Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz are all set to make a double power unit change in Monza for Italian GP.
“We know we’ll struggle here at a power circuit so it makes sense to take all of that by taking sixth engines this weekend so that we are ready to make the best of things next time out,” Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner said.
“We’ve used up the mileage on the units we currently have, and we need to do this to get through to the end of the year. This is the best place to do it.”
Ricciardo echoed his boss’s comments, adding: “Monza’s not obviously a circuit that suits us particularly. We’ve got the penalties as well, so you know that’s obviously a strategic thing as well – take the penalty here rather than in Singapore where we expect to be very competitive. Then, yeah, have some fun here on Sunday, come through the field as far forward as we can and then Singapore, we can really fight for a podium there.”
Both McLaren drivers have also changed their power units. Fernando Alonso will take a ten-place penalty, as this is the first time he has used a ninth power unit element, while his team-mate Jenson Button will be moved back five places on the grid, as he had already used a ninth turbocharger and MGU-H.
Red Bull sister-team Toro Rosso decided to change their Renault power unit in both machines, which will result in a 10-place drop.
“We expected a tricky weekend, as this circuit doesn’t suit our package, especially in the short-runs,” explained Toro Rosso, Chief Race Engineer Phil Charles.
“For this reason, we’ve decided to change Max’s engine, compromising his qualifying session but hoping this will put him in a better situation for the upcoming races.
“This means that now both Max and Carlos will be taking grid-penalties.”
Verstappen (10) and Sainz (10), Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (25) and Daniil Kvyat (15), and McLaren pair Fernando Alonso (10 places) and Jenson Button (five) will also take grid drops.