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Further penalties for Alonso

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15/07/2017

Already hit with a 5-place grid penalty after Honda elected to fit a new Energy Store to his car, Fernando Alonso has been handed further penalties that will consign him to the back of the grid.

Reverting to the Spec 3 unit he used for part of the weekend in both Azerbaijan and Austria, it initially appeared that the only penalty he would incur would be that for the new Energy Store.

However, Honda had warned that further changes might be necessary following Friday's opening practice sessions, and sure enough the Spaniard takes another 25-place hit after the Japanese manufacturer elected to essentially change his whole kit and kaboodle... Internal Combustion Engine (5 places), Turbocharger (10), MGU-H (5) and MGU-K (5).

The Spec 3 unit is the first stage of an upgrade on which Honda's future is said to be based, the Japanese manufacturer having set itself an October deadline by which time reliability and performance must have drastically improved.

However, strategy is also understood to be part of Honda's decision to make so many changes this weekend, the company feeling that the penalties will not be as damaging on a circuit like Silverstone as they would be in two weeks' time in Hungary.

Check out our Saturday gallery from Silverstone, here.

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1. Posted by Greg, 15/07/2017 12:00

"I may have this wrong so someone correct me if so. Alonso will start once again from the back of the grid and still have a few spots left to make the full total. These spots do not carry over to the next race so why bother. Maybe if the team elects to change a component the team is fined for not making the required number of races and the driver is left where he qualifies. If the team elects to change a gearbox every race and can afford the penalties (perhaps a sliding scale if consistently doing the change) and let the driver do what he does. Just a thought"

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