Daniel Ricciardo, Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly have all taken new power unit components that will see them receive grid penalties in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Having originally qualified in seventh position and some 0.9s slower than teammate Max Verstappen, Ricciardo will receive a 20-place grid penalty after taking a new internal combustion engine (ICE), turbocharger and MGU-H.
Toro Rosso has endured a weekend to forget in terms of reliability, with Hartley having already suffered a power unit problem in FP1 and then stopping in Q2 as a result of another engine issue. The New Zealander – who started from the back of the grid on his F1 debut in Austin last weekend – will now also take a 20-place penalty after changing the same components as Ricciardo.
The weekend had been even worse for Hartley’s teammate Gasly, sitting out FP1 and then completing just 10 laps in FP2 before suffering power unit problems. Another failure after two laps of final practice on Saturday morning ruled Gasly out of qualifying, but he was given clearance to start the race by the stewards.
Already with two separate penalties this weekend that added up to 15 positions, Gasly has now taken a new turbocharger that will bring his total grid drop up to 20 places.
The three Renault-powered drivers join the McLarens with grid penalties for today’s race, with Fernando Alonso also having a 20-place penalty and Stoffel Vandoorne receiving a penalty of 35 positions for changing the full power unit.
As a result, Ricciardo is set to start from 16th place on the grid, one position ahead of Hartley, with Alonso, Vandoorne and Gasly in 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively.