New power unit elements have upped Fernando Alonso’s grid drop for the British Grand Prix to a staggering 30 places
McLaren driver Alonso will now be starting the British GP from Silverstone village due to his grid drop increasing to 30 places due to power unit changes.
OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but he will start from the back of the grid.
He already entered the weekend with a five-place drop for a change of energy store, but Honda did warn more penalties could be on the way…
The Japanese manufacturer was right.
It was confirmed on Saturday morning after FP3 that Alonso has moved onto an eighth turbocharger and eighth MGU-H.
These come with 10 and five-place grid penalties, but a sixth internal combustion engine (ICE) and sixth MGU-K have also been fitted.
So, those are each worth five places. Adding that to his existing penalty, that boosts the number of grid places he drops to 30.
All sounds very familiar, doesn’t it?
Unsurprisingly, Alonso will start the British GP at Silverstone from the very back of the grid. Not ideal, considering McLaren has looked pretty decent in practice.
Amazingly, for Alonso, his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne hasn’t suffered many issues and has yet to pick up an engine-related penalty.