Alonso hit with 35-place grid penalty

Date published: October 7 2017

McLaren’s penalty tally for the season continues to rise with Fernando Alonso facing a 35-place grid drop at the Japanese Grand Prix.

A hydraulic leak on Friday meant Honda were forced to change his power unit overnight.

The Japanese manufacturer opted to fit a completely new engine meaning an eighth ICE, 10th turbo and MGU-H, and eighth MGU-K, seventh battery, and sixth control electronics unit.

As such Alonso is facing a 35-place grid penalty.

“Hard luck, had an unexpected engine change last night that will compromise again the GP, but an extreme team effort from the #14 crew working all night to have the car ready,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I will try my best and we will fight back.”

According to Auto Motor und Sport,¬†Alonso will still be “running Honda spec 3.7 after this engine change – that’s the old spec. New spec 4.0 not ready yet.”