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250th Grand Prix: Alonso hit 25-place grid penalty for Russian GP

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250th Grand Prix: Alonso hit 25-place grid penalty for Russian GP

250th Grand Prix: Alonso hit 25-place grid penalty for Russian GP

Fernando Alonso will start his 250th Grand Prix from the back of the grid this weekend at Russia.

Alonso will take a 25-place grid penalty for taking new power unit components following Honda have heavily revised their engine for Russian GP.

Honda have invested their four remaining 2015 engine development tokens on upgrading the engine’s internal combustion engine [ICE], turbocharger, MGU-H and control electronics.

No upgraded car for team-mate Jenson Button for Sochi, and he could take penalties in the United States. Nevertheless, the former champion said he was feeling positive about the team’s prospects for 2016.

“There are a lot of good things to come over the winter, and you can definitely make good strides then,” commented Button. “Look at Ferrari: they are said to have found 100 bhp last winter and to have achieved better deployment, and look at them this season.”

Honda are expected to change the architecture of their engine this winter, to facilitate a more efficient and effective installation of the turbo and ERS systems.

“I have no idea whether we can win a race next year,” Button is quoted as saying by Formula1.com.

“It would be a big step forward if we could, but you have to remember that our technical package is still very young. The power is actually very strong for a manufacturer in their first year.

“And the car’s aerodynamic philosophy was brand new to us at the beginning of the year, so there might be massive gains to be made for 2016. We might win the first race, but that’s unlikely. But we can make a big step.

“I don’t want to put a position on it, because we don’t know what the others can do, but I am much happier about the future of this team. It excites me.”

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