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Verstappen handed additional ten-place grid penalty for Monaco GP

Red Bull take opportunity to fit new parts

Monaco Grand Prix – Starting from the back of the grid, Red Bull have elected to fit a new MGU-K to Max Verstappen’s RB14 – their third of the season – for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Following Verstappen’s crash in free practice three – and subsequent inability to participate in qualifying – the Dutchman will start the Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid.

Owing to a gearbox change, Verstappen’s had already been handed a five-place penalty prior to qualifying. This meant that, had he competed in qualifying, he would’ve lined up no better than sixth on the grid.

With Verstappen starting the race from the back of the grid, Red Bull have taken the opportunity to fit a new Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K) for this race.

Under the regulations, no car is permitted to use more than two MGU-K’s over the course of the season. Because this is the first ‘third element’ used on Verstappen’s car, a ten-place grid penalty has been handed to him.

The power unit is deemed to consist of six separate elements: the internal combustion engine (ICE), the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K), the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H), the energy store (ES), turbocharger (TC) and control electronics (CE).

Each driver is permitted to use only three ICE, MGU-H and TC, and only two ES, CE and MGU-K during a championship season and any combination of them may be fitted to a car at any one time. Should a driver use more than that during the course of a season, a grid penalty will be imposed.


Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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