Italian Grand Prix |  Verstappen is penalized on the starting grid

Italian Grand Prix | Verstappen is penalized on the starting grid

(Monza) F1 World Championship leader Max Verstappen will start with a five-place penalty for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza after switching engines to Red Bull on Friday during free practice.

Posted at 9:54 am

Two weeks after changing his entire power unit in Belgium, Verstappen is again penalized on the grid, this time for an internal combustion engine change beyond the season’s approved limit, an FIA press release revealed.

If he does not change other aspects of his car in violation of the rules, the defending champion will walk away with five penalty places.

This can smile at the second winner Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) on Sunday, 109 points in the standings before this 16.e the 22nd cycle.

Sergio Pérez’s other Red Bull also receives a penalty for the same reason. Unlike the Dutch, this is the first time that Mexico has exceeded the maximum allowed: therefore, as the law provides, he is penalized with ten places.

As announced by Mercedes on Thursday, Lewis Hamilton has a brand new engine, after damaging his rear end in a collision with Fernando Alonso (Alpine) in Belgium, and will start at the back of the grid.

He will be followed behind by Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), who has changed his gearbox and two engine kits, and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) will be penalized for 15 places.

Mick Schumacher (Haas) should also receive a penalty for changing the gearbox, his Haas team announced on Thursday, even if he will not appear on Friday on the list of drivers who changed parts.