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Vandoorne picks up late engine penalty

Spanish Grand Prix – McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne will start from the very back of the grid for Sunday’s race, having had power unit components changed on his car after qualifying.

The Belgian driver qualified P19 on Saturday, but will start from P20, having been given a new Energy Store (ES) and new Control Electronics (CE). As both are his fifth of the season – exceeding the permitted four – he is penalised five grid places for each.

While the Belgian drops to last on the grid at the Circuit de Catalunya, Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso will start seventh for his home race after recording his and McLaren’s best qualifying performance of the season.

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