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Norris hit with grid penalty after Mercedes engine change

McLaren's Lando Norris will start the Mexico City Grand Prix from the back of the grid, after the team elected to change components on his Mercedes power unit.

McLaren driver Lando Norris will start the Mexico City Grand Prix from the back of the grid, dealing a further blow to the team's chances of staying ahead of Ferrari in an increasingly tense battle for third place in the Constructors' Championship. Norris will take a grid drop as a result of McLaren changing out components of his Mercedes power unit and exceeding the allocation for the season. Norris' car has been fitted out with a new Internal Combustion Engine, as well as a new Turbocharger and a new MGU-H. Norris moves onto his fourth of each component, meaning he'll be starting from the back of the field. Alpine's Esteban Ocon has also moved onto a new Renault power unit, taking all new components. As a result, he'll also be starting from the very back of the grid. Separately, George Russell has been given a new gearbox after Williams confirmed the issues he suffered in Friday's second practice session were on his race unit. As he hadn't completed the required six consecutive events for a fresh gearbox, he will serve a grid penalty.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s #MexicoGP , the team have decided to replace @LandoNorris ’ power unit. pic.twitter.com/vVtuMXvxHb — McLaren (@McLarenF1) November 6, 2021

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