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Alonso hit with grid penalty ahead of Austrian GP

Fernando Alonso will start the Austrian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after being issued with a penalty.

Fernando Alonso has been handed a grid penalty ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix after his car was fitted with new engine components. The Alpine will run a fresh Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), turbocharger, MGU-H, energy store, control electronics and exhaust system for the event at the Red Bull Ring. All of these, barring the exhaust, are above the amount allocated to each driver per season, meaning that Alonso takes a penalty. However, this will not have a great effect, as the two-time World Champion had already been due to start from P19 after a mechanical issue prevented him from taking part in Saturday's Sprint.

Pit lane start for Bottas

Another driver who had already been set to start from the back of the field is Valtteri Bottas, with the Alfa Romeo driver also having taken an engine penalty. It has since been confirmed that further parts have been changed on the Finn's car, including the turbocharger and MGU-H, as well as the rear wing assembly. However, with the rear wing being different from that originally used, as well as changes being made to the set-up, Bottas will be required to start from the pit lane.

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