Italian Grand Prix – Lando Norris is facing a back of the grid start on Sunday, after taking a new power unit ahead of the race at Monza.
Lando Norris is facing a back of the row start at Monza after McLaren elected to fit him with a completely new Renault power unit.
Following his power unit failure entering the final lap of last week’s Belgian Grand Prix, he has taken on a completely fresh Spec C Renault unit.
Fitted out with a new internal combustion engine, his fourth of the year and one more than the permitted three units per season, he has also taken on a fourth turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K and Energy Store. All of these parts have a maximum allowance of three for the season, meaning Norris takes a penalty for each one being fitted.
“They found a problem and have introduced a fix for this weekend.” explained Norris about the issue found on his expired Renault engine. “It’s not something that happens very often or has happened before. They’re working on it, McLaren and Renault, and I want to say it won’t happen again and won’t have any problems but I can’t guarantee it.”
As a result, he now faces starting from the very back row, depending on how other penalised drivers fare in qualifying or whether any more drivers will take penalties themselves. Pierre Gasly from Toro Rosso and Max Verstappen are also being hit with grid penalties, a strategic decision taken by Honda for this race as they introduce their latest Spec 4 engines for these two following Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon taking a similar hit last weekend.