September 25, 2021

Bottas to start Italian Grand Prix last after “strategic” engine change | 2021 Italian Grand Prix

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Valtteri Bottas will start the Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after Mercedes decided to change his power unit.

He has moved onto his fourth power unit of the season, exceeding the maximum allocation of three, which automatically means he will start from the back.

Under Formula 1’s sprint qualifying rules, the penalty will only apply to Bottas’ starting position for the grand prix on Sunday. It will not affect his starting position for Saturday’s sprint qualifying race.

A Mercedes spokesperson confirmed the engine change was done for “strategic” reasons and not due to a problem with Bottas’ power unit.

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Power unit components used so far

No. Car Engine Driver ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX
31 Alpine Renault Esteban Ocon 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
14 Alpine Renault Fernando Alonso 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
11 Red Bull Honda Sergio Perez 4 4 4 4 4 4 6
10 AlphaTauri Honda Pierre Gasly 3 3 3 3 2 2 7
55 Ferrari Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jnr 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
22 AlphaTauri Honda Yuki Tsunoda 3 3 3 3 3 3 5
33 Red Bull Honda Max Verstappen 3 3 3 3 2 2 6
16 Ferrari Ferrari Charles Leclerc 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
7 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
99 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
47 Haas Ferrari Mick Schumacher 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
9 Haas Ferrari Nikita Mazepin 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
5 Aston Martin Mercedes Sebastian Vettel 3 3 3 3 2 2 4
4 McLaren Mercedes Lando Norris 3 3 3 3 2 2 5
77 Mercedes Mercedes Valtteri Bottas 4 4 4 4 2 2 4
44 Mercedes Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
63 Williams Mercedes George Russell 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
3 McLaren Mercedes Daniel Ricciardo 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
31 Williams Mercedes Nicholas Latifi 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
18 Aston Martin Mercedes Lance Stroll 3 3 3 2 2 2 3

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