Here’s Why Verstappen And Eight Other Drivers Have Grid Penalties In Monza – WTF1
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Here’s Why Verstappen And Eight Other Drivers Have Grid Penalties In Monza

The Italian Grand Prix will likely revolve around yet more talk of penalties! So here at WTF1, we’ve put together a quick and easy guide of which drivers have penalties and how many places it’ll currently knock them back come race day. 

FIVE-PLACE GRID PENALTY

Max Verstappen will take a fifth internal combustion engine in Monza this weekend, resulting in a five-place penalty. Because this is his second breach of the allocation, he’ll only get dropped down five places rather than the ten for the first breach.

Adding the ICE to the pool could be a smart way of having a backup as he closes in on his second drivers’ title; especially as Max and Red Bull are expected to be quick here and didn’t have any problem winning from down the order at Budapest or Spa!

FIVE-PLACE GRID PENALTY

Esteban Ocon is also taking another new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) this weekend, and will get a five-place grid drop as a result.

TEN-PLACE GRID PENALTY

Sergio Perez will have at least a ten-place grid drop as he gets his first ICE outside the allowance. He’ll also get a new gearbox, which is the fourth of his season and also within the allotted numbers.

15-PLACE GRID PENALTY

This man has no luck. Valtteri Bottas is set to take a 15-place grid penalty following yet ANOTHER power unit failure last weekend in Zandvoort. This will be the Finn’s third grid penalty in six races. Unbelievable scenes.

It’s understood that Bottas does still have a couple of decent PUs in the bank, but the team would rather be safe and add another one to his pool before visiting circuits where overtaking is a bit of a bitch – like Singapore.

15-PLACE GRID PENALTY

Kevin Magnussen joins the list of drivers taking a penalty, as he gets a 15–place grid drop for taking new power unit elements. He’ll be taking a new internal combustion engine, turbo and MGU-H.

15-PLACE GRID PENALTY

Mick Schumacher joins his teammate in getting a 15-place penalty for Sunday’s race. He’ll have a ten-place penalty for a gearbox change and another five places for a an ICE.

BACK OF THE GRID PENALTY

Not a great start for the Tifosi, as one of their own now have a 25-place grid drop for Sunday’s race. Carlos Sainz will be taking plenty of new engine parts, worth 15 places, as well as gearbox components which adds another 10 places.

Despite it totalling over 25 places worth of grid drops, it still doesn’t work out as a back-of-the-grid penalty despite there being 20 starting slots. That would be far too simple… right?

If Ferrari takes more parts, though, it could well become a back-of-the-grid start.

UPDATE: Carlos Sainz takes his fourth CE of the season and now starts from the back after all!

BACK OF THE GRID PENALTY

Lewis Hamilton will need to take an engine penalty and start at the back of the grid around the temple of speed. After getting a fresh third PU for the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis made contact with Alonso which resulted in a crash and a 45G vertical impact and clearly damaged the third power unit.

Mercedes confirmed they’re still working on the recovery plan for the PU.

BACK-OF-THE-GRID PENALTY

Unlike the others, Yuki has his penalty for some naughty behaviour. The AlphaTauri driver picked up five reprimands, four for driving offences, over the course of the season and was handed a ten-place penalty for Monza.

His team then took the decision to make engine component changes and his penalty is now an automatic back-of-the-grid penalty.

6 thoughts on “Here’s Why Verstappen And Eight Other Drivers Have Grid Penalties In Monza

    • That has just got to hurt the management. Accomplishing something the whole sprint race nonsense was supposed to achieve by rules simply cannot go down well. Domencalli and MBS must feel the caviar in their evening meal burning all the way down;)

    • Interesting… it doesnt look like a Red Bull cap, so maybe he stole it from another team… much like his F1 champion title, hahahhahaha!!!

    • Interesting… it doesnt look like a Red Bull cap, so maybe he stole it from another team… much like his F1 champion title, hahahhahaha!!!

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