US Grand Prix – Three Mercedes-powered drivers will be on the receiving end of grid penalties as Sebastian Vettel, George Russell, and Valtteri Bottas have all received new engine components.
Aston Martin have elected to swap Vettel’s Mercedes internal combustion engine in the back of his AMR21, as well as a new turbo charger. The internal combustion engine and turbo will be the German’s fourth of the season. Likewise, Williams driver Russell will receive a new internal combustion engine and turbo charger.
Worryingly for Mercedes, Bottas will receive a new internal combustion engine which will be the Finn’s sixth engine for the season, having only received a new ICE at the Russian Grand Prix two races ago.
Following non-conformity of the Formula One sporting regulations, Article 23.2a states that the drivers will receive grid penalties for the power unit changes. Vettel and Russell will start from the back of the grid, with Bottas receiving a ten-place grid penalty for the single component change.