Alonso, Merhi hit by engine change grid penalties

Fernando Alonso and Roberto Merhi are both set to start the Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after being handed 25 and 20-place grid penalties respectively.

McLaren driver Alonso has been forced to take the grid drop as a result of Honda bringing an upgraded engine to the Sochi race, meaning a fresh Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), turbo, MGU-H, Energy Store and ECU were all required.

With the ICE - his 10th of the season - worth 10 places, and the remaining components five, this amounts to a 25-place grid drop, the Energy Store being the only component to have stayed within McLaren's season allocation of five units.

Merhi meanwhile has needed to take a fifth ICE, turbo and ECU, resulting in a 20-place drop for the Manor driver.

The likely result is, barring other penalties, Merhi will start 19th and Alonso 20th in an all-Spanish back row of the grid at Sochi.

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Series Formula 1
Event Russian GP
Track Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Roberto Merhi
Article type Breaking news