Alonso to start Ja­pan GP last af­ter penalty

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

SUZUKA, Ja­pan, Oct 7, 2017 (AFP) - Fer­nando Alonso will in­cur a 35-place grid penalty and start this week­end's Ja­panese Grand Prix last af­ter chang­ing his en­gine, McLaren said on Satur­day.

McLaren broke a late-night cur­few to switch com­po­nents to the Honda power unit af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a hy­draulic leak af­ter Fri­day prac­tice at Suzuka.

Alonso's strug­gling car will now have its eighth in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine of a troubled sea­son, its 10th tur­bocharger and seventh bat­tery, among other changes, for Honda's home race.

The penalty sends the dou­ble world cham­pion to the back of the grid along­side fel­low Spa­niard Car­los Sainz, who was hit with a 20-place penalty for chang­ing his Renault en­gine.

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