McLaren pair to start from back row

By on Friday, August 21, 2015
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will start from the back row of the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix after the FIA confirmed that they have received penalties due to power unit changes.

Button will drop 25 positions due to using an eighth Turbocharger, a seventh MGU-H, a seventh ICE and a seventh MGU-K.

Alonso has been nominally handed a 30 place drop due to using a seventh version of the ICE, the Turbocharger and the MGU-H, as well as a sixth iteration of the MGU-K and Control Electronics.

However, with the FIA having scrapped the regulation stipulating that any grid positions not served will be converted into time penalties in the race, Honda is set to fit further new parts before Saturday practice.

This means that the number of grid positions which the pair will drop will increase, though the penalties will be redundant.

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