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First Red Bull-powered driver just one engine away from a penalty

AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda and Alpine's Fernando Alonso have edged closer to a grid penalty after taking on new power unit elements in Australia.

Yuki Tsunoda Bahrain
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Yuki Tsunoda is on the brink of an engine-related grid penalty after AlphaTauri fitted several new power unit elements to his car in Australia.

Tsunoda rolled out of the pit lane for first practice at Albert Park with a new Red Bull-badged Honda Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K.

He had previously used two of all aforementioned elements, with only three permitted for the planned 23-race campaign, before grid penalties apply.

Meanwhile, as reported by RacingNews365.com earlier this week, Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has taken on a fresh Renault ICE, along with a new Turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, Energy Store, Control Electronics and Exhaust System.

Alonso has also used two ICE, Turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K elements up to this point, while he is now on his second Energy Store and Control Electronics (two permitted per season) and third Exhaust System (eight allowed).

Several other drivers make power unit changes

Other changes include a new ICE, Turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K and Exhaust System for Mercedes-powered McLaren driver Lando Norris – his second of all elements.

Meanwhile, Mick Schumacher has taken on another Energy Store, Control Electronics and Exhaust System in his Haas-Ferrari (second of all elements).

Finally, works Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc are onto their second Exhaust Systems.

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