Max Verstappen penalized five places at the start of the Italian Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen penalized five places at the start of the Italian Grand Prix

After a first wave of drivers penalized for part changes on Thursday, of which Lewis Hamilton was a part, new drivers are affected. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will be demoted five places at the start of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday.

Two weeks after having already changed its power unit in Belgium, the Championship leader has used a new internal combustion engine, its fifth of the season, beyond the quota authorized per season.

His teammate Sergio Perez will lose ten places for the same reasons. Unlike the Dutchman, this is the first time that the Mexican has exceeded the maximum allowed: he is therefore, as the rule provides, penalized by ten places.

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) will lose 25 places to him for renewal of two engine elements but also gearbox elements and will start at the back of the grid like Hamilton, but also Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri).

A list likely to grow

Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) will be penalized 15 places. Mick Schumacher (Haas) should also receive a penalty for a gearbox change, his Haas team announced on Thursday, even if he is not on the list of drivers who have changed parts this Friday.

This list is likely to grow. On this circuit where it is possible to overtake and therefore where the engine power is all the more important, several teams have chosen to renew parts and still have time to do so.

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