Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen are both set for grid drops at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to some pesky engine penalties.
With the 17th and final race weekend now underway, many drivers are on the limit when it comes to their engine components available in their respective pools before penalties have to be applied.
As FP1 began at the Yas Marina circuit, the FIA confirmed that power unit elements had been changed on the cars of Perez and Magnussen.
Perez, who clinched his maiden Formula 1 win with victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix last weekend, has had a new ICE fitted, as well as a new turbocharger and MGU-K element. That takes him to a season total of four for all three of these particular engine components and, as a result, is required to start from the back of the grid.
The same penalty applies for Magnussen, who is now onto his third Control Electronics and Energy Store.
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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could be a farewell race for both drivers. Neither Magnussen nor Romain Grosjean were retained for the 2021 season by Haas and Perez is still waiting for Red Bull to make a decision on their 2021 line-up and whether that will include Alex Albon.
Prior to the race weekend, Magnussen said he was “at peace” with moving away from Formula 1.
“I’m pretty at peace with it. I know in motorsport you should never say never,” Magnussen told reporters.
“In Formula 1 lots of things can happen and you never say never but I’m ready to call this my last race.
“I’m going to go out and enjoy it and drive this amazing car that is so satisfying to drive and just look back on this amazing opportunity that I’ve been given.
“Growing up as a kid and dreaming of Formula 1 and wanting to reach Formula 1, to get there and make a career out of it is something I’m really lucky and privileged to have done.”