Alonso handed grid penalty
MCLAREN’S Fernando Alonso will start today’s Japanese grand prix from the back of the grid after the Spaniard picked up a 35-place penalty when the team’s mechanics fitted his car with a fresh power unit on Friday night.
The team broke curfew – during which members associated with the operation of the car must leave the track – after the engine the double world champion used on the opening day of practice suffered a hydraulic issue.
Rules restrict drivers to no more than four power units and its constituent components for the duration a season, and Alonso has long exceeded his allocation as McLaren continue to struggle with a lack of reliability from their Honda engines. - Reuters