McLaren handed 105-place grid penalty

McLaren has been handed a record-breaking 105-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix thanks to the double engine change for Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

Honda has made the most of a change in the rules that limits penalties for engine changes to use two all-new power units for the Spa-Francorchamps weekend.

One new specification engine was fitted in both cars for Friday practice while the second power unit was fitted ahead of Saturday practice.

The new engines that were fitted on Friday had already resulted in Alonso getting a 30-place grid penalty while Button had earned a 25-place grid penalty.

The Saturday power units mean that both Alonso and Button will get another 25-place penalty.

Up until the Austrian GP, such a large penalty would have resulted in the need for pitlane penalties in the race, but teams agreed earlier this year to leave the maximum penalty as demotion to the back of the grid.

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Series Formula 1
Event Belgian GP
Track Spa-Francorchamps
Drivers Jenson Button , Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news