Final grid GP Imola: Tsunoda gets grid penalty after Honda engine replacement

18-04-2021 12:10
by GPblog.com
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Final grid GP Imola: Tsunoda gets grid penalty after Honda engine replacement

After qualifying, there were no ongoing investigations into drivers disrespecting yellow flags or drivers holding up each other. Hence, the final starting grid is largely the same as the qualifying result. However, a grid penalty has been handed out, without major impact.

Yuki Tsunoda has been given a number of grid penalties after his crash in the first part of qualifying. He had to replace his entire engine, but in the process he also had to request a new energy store and new control electronics. These are the third for the young Japanese driver's car, while the FIA limit is two. The AlphaTauri driver will therefore receive a grid penalty, but it will not have a major impact.

Hamilton must keep chasing Red Bulls behind him

Tsunoda will still start from twentieth and last. At the front it's Lewis Hamilton, followed by Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen. With a difference in strategy, they expect the necessary spectacle there. Behind the three drivers are a lot of drivers, who were close to each other in qualifying. Charles Leclerc will start fourth, followed by Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo. Lando Norris will start seventh, after ruining his fastest lap by going wide at turn nine. Valtteri Bottas will have to make up ground from P8 on the tight circuit.

P1 Lewis Hamilton P2 Sergio Perez
P3 Max Verstappen P4 Charles Leclerc
P5 Pierre Gasly P6 Daniel Ricciardo
P7 Lando Norris P8 Valtteri Bottas
P9 Esteban Ocon P10 Lance Stroll
P11 Carlos Sainz P12 George Russell
P13 Sebastian Vettel P14 Nicholas Latifi
P15 Fernando Alonso P16 Kimi Raikkonen
P17 Antonio Giovinazzi P18 Mich Schumacher
P19 Nikita Mazepin P20 Yuki Tsunoda*

*=Tsunoda will get a grid penalty and will start at the back of the grid as he was unable to set a time in Q1.

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