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Button and Alonso hit with 55-place grid penalty for Belgian GP

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McLaren-Honda F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have been hit with a collective total of 55 places grid penalty for Belgian Grand Prix following the changes made to their engine.

The duo were deemed to be in breach of Article 28.4 (a) following Alonso and Button took on a seventh Honda engine of the season on F1’s return to action in Spa after first-half break.

Alonso’s car is responsible for 30 of the 55 places as: “A 7th Internal Combustion Engine, 7th Turbo Charger, 7th MGU-H, 6th MGU-K, and 6th CE have been used”, as per the FIA stewards.

Button makes up the remaining 25 places after taking: “An 8th Turbo Charger, 8th MGU-H, 7th Internal Combustion Engine, and 7th MGU-K.”

It is the second heavy grid penalty of the season for McLaren-Honda. In Austria, the both drivers received 25-place penalties.

The new ruling means neither Alonso or Button will serve following penalties in Sunday’s race. Instead, with only 20 cars entered for the race, they will simply start from the back of the grid.

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