Belgian GP

Penalties reform Belgium grid

A number of penalties this weekend have shaped the grid, although a failure in qualifying for Fernando Alonso compounded his misery after not setting a time in the session.

The McLaren-Honda driver will be starting at the back of the grid after a number of engine penalties have been applied. Out of engines, it was upgraded to the new specification on Friday which failed, and a stoppage in qualifying necessitated another one for Sunday bringing him to a 60 place grid penalty.

Just in front is Lewis Hamilton who had his own reliability struggles earlier in the year, with the team essentially forfeiting Spa to collect engines for the rest of the season, and although he set a time in qualifying will start 22nd on the grid alongside his former teammate.

Esteban Gutierrez was given a five place grid penalty from Free Practice 3, after being deemed to have blocked the Manor at the top of Eau Rouge, forcing him off the road, while Marcus Ericsson has been given a penalty for changing an element of his power unit.

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