Ricciardo and Alonso grid penalties confirmed

Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso are the first drivers to be guaranteed engine grid penalties in Austria this weekend.

Ricciardo took his fifth V6 today, which means a 10-place grid penalty for the Australian. Although RBR team mate Daniil Kvyat is also on the bubble, having used four V6s, thus far he has not taken a fifth.

Meanwhile Fernando Alonso has taken a fifth V6, MGU-H and turbo. That means he gets 10 + 5 + 5 places for a total of 20. Given that he won’t be able to take all those places the likelihood is that he will also have a drive through penalty early in the race, as experienced by Jenson Button in Canada. Alonso has also taken his third MGU-K.

Button intimated yesterday that he could get another penalty this weekend. Jenson is already on his fourth V6 and fourth MGU-K.

The FIA has noted that it was informed of Ricciardo’s change on Monday, and Alonso’s on Tuesday. That means Ricciardo’s will be applied first when the grid is shuffled around.

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