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Frustrated 250th GP – Yet more penalties for Alonso

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Frustrated 250th GP - Yet more penalties for Alonso

Frustrated 250th GP – Yet more penalties for Alonso

Fernando Alonso ready to celebrate his 250th GP in Russia this weekend with heavily upgraded McLaren-Honda – but he will start at the back due to changes to his power unit components.

The Spaniard will take on his tenth Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) of the season and will also change his Turbo Charger (TC), Motor Generator Unit-Heat (MGU-H) and Control Electronics (CE).

Heavy upgrade resulted 35-place grid penalty, but the team has also confirmed that he will switch to an older spec engine later in the weekend.

“During FP1, we applied our new spec-four ICE to Fernando’s car, and confirmed the fundamental performance of the engine on the track,” said Yasuhisa Arai, Honda senior managing officer, chief officer of motorsport.

“Unfortunately, the session was cut short to 60 minutes, so we had less time than we would have liked, but we were able to get good feedback from the engine for the races to come.”

Fernando Alonso said: “Unfortunately, I have a 35-place grid penalty due to those component changes, so we need to see how we can best manage the race.

“It looks like being a one-stopper for everybody, so there won’t be much we can do in terms of strategy. I’ll just try and enjoy the race regardless of the result – we have a good opportunity to learn about the car, so there’s lots we can still do this weekend.

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