Kubica fifth driver hit with engine penalties

Jamie Woodhouse
Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica is happy to finally have his modified Williams steering wheel.

Williams’ Robert Kubica will start the Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking a new engine and components.

The Polish driver will join Daniil Kvyat at the back after it was announced he would take the updated Mercedes power unit, making it his fourth of the season.

As well as the penalty for the new engine, a new turbocharger and MGU-H has been fitted to Kubica’s FW42, earning him a ‘back of grid’ penalty from the FIA.

Kubica’s team-mate George Russell has also taken the new Mercedes PU in Russia but will not be penalised.

All four Honda-powered cars are carrying engine penalties this weekend.

Kvyat will start at the back after taking a new engine and components, but Toro Rosso team-mate Pierre Gasly will drop five places on the grid as he took only a new engine.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon will also fall five places for taking the updated Honda PU.

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