Nine drivers hit with grid penalties ahead of Italian Grand Prix

Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher have joined the list of drivers with a starting penalty at the Italian Grand Prix, which now stands at nine.

Magnussen and Schumacher will both drop 15 places wherever they qualify after Haas made changes to engine components in both cars.

Formula 1’s complicated and unpopular engine rules limit drivers to a certain amount of each engine component over a season before being penalised.

The nature of the Monza circuit – which features long straights and a handful of corners – makes it easier to swallow penalties on the grid as there are better overtaking opportunities than at many of the remaining races on the grid.

The slew of penalties will result in a wildly muddled starting order for Sunday’s Grand Prix, with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Lando Norris looking well placed to benefit from a strong starting position.

Of the four leading drivers in the Championship, only Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is flawless, meaning he appears the favorite to start Sunday’s race from pole position.

F1 will simplify its engine regulations in 2026.

At the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago nobody started the race from where they qualified as seven drivers took the opportunity to take engine penalties.

Net penalties in order of severity:

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) Starting place penalty of five places

Red Bull has added a new internal combustion engine (ICE) to Verstappen’s car.

The first time an out-of-allotment component is taken is a penalty of 10 places on the grid, but Verstappen took this as part of his penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Since this is the second ICE over the permitted limit, only five duty seats are available for him in Monza.

Esteban Ocon (Alpine) Starting place penalty of five places

Ocon has also taken on a second ICE outside of the contingent.

Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 10 starting places penalty

Perez also had a new ICE installed in his car, but it’s the first of that component outside of the allotted amount.

Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 15 starting places penalty

Alfa Romeo fitted Bottas’ car with a new internal combustion engine, a turbocharger and a new MGU-H, each dropping five places on the grid.

Mick Schumacher (Haas) 15 starting places penalty

Haas installed a new ICE and a new transmission in Schumacher’s car.

Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 15 starting places penalty

Haas outfitted Magnussen’s car with a new ICE, a Turbo, and an MGU-H, each falling five places on the grid.

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) back of the grid

Ferrari made a major change to Sainz’s engine, dropping him to the back of the grid.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) back of the grid

Mercedes made a major change to Hamilton’s engine, dropping him to the back of the grid.

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) back of the grid

Yuki Tsunoda was hit with multiple penalties.

The Japanese rider was already handed a 10-place penalty earlier in the week for hitting the five-spot limit this season.

Faced with this grid penalty, AlphaTauri took the opportunity to make a major change to his engine, placing him at the bottom of the order.

https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/34560952/nine-drivers-hit-grid-penalties-ahead-italian-grand-prix Nine drivers hit with grid penalties ahead of Italian Grand Prix

Emma Bowman

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