Pierre Gasly will start the German Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit ahead of today’s race.
Toro Rosso struggled in qualifying on Saturday, with Honda technical director Toyoharu Tanabe saying improvements need to be found based on the performance level shown at Hockenheim. With Gasly having been originally due to start from 16th place — one position ahead of teammate Brendon Hartley — after both cars dropped out in Q1, Honda has taken the decision to fit a new power unit to Gasly’s car “for tactical reasons.”
With the Frenchman now receiving a completed new unit — comprising the internal combustion engine (ICE), turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, energy store and control electronics — he will start from the back of the grid.
Gasly is now on his fifth ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H for the season, while he has used four MGU-Ks and three of the other components. The expanded pool will allow Honda to avoid penalties if it suffers a problem at a future race where the car is more competitive.
As Toro Rosso informed the FIA of the change later than Red Bull did of the new power unit components on Daniel Ricciardo’s car, Gasly will start from last place on the grid, with Ricciardo one position further ahead in 19th.