Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Hockenheimring, 2018

Gasly to take grid penalty after fitting fifth new power unit

2018 German Grand Prix

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Pierre Gasly will joined Daniel Ricciardo at the back of the grid for the German Grand Prix as the Toro Rosso driver has also changed his power unit.

A complete new Honda power unit has been fitted to Gasly’s car, including his fifth engine, turbocharger and MGU-H, his fourth MGU-K and third energy store and control electronics, all of which exceed his minimum allocation for the season.

Gasly originally qualified 16th for today’s race. His penalty will promote team mate Brendon Hartley to 16th ahead of Lance Stroll and Stoffel Vandoorne. Ricciardo and Gasly will share the back row.

Power unit elements used so far

28Toro RossoHondaBrendon Hartley655533
10Toro RossoHondaPierre Gasly555433
3Red BullTAG HeuerDaniel Ricciardo333332
14McLarenRenaultFernando Alonso333322
27RenaultRenaultNico Hulkenberg333222
77MercedesMercedesValtteri Bottas333222
55RenaultRenaultCarlos Sainz Jnr233222
33Red BullTAG HeuerMax Verstappen232322
8HaasFerrariRomain Grosjean233222
7FerrariFerrariKimi Raikkonen232222
5FerrariFerrariSebastian Vettel222223
2McLarenRenaultStoffel Vandoorne222222
20HaasFerrariKevin Magnussen222222
9SauberFerrariMarcus Ericsson222222
31SauberFerrariCharles Leclerc222222
11Force IndiaMercedesSergio Perez222121
44MercedesMercedesLewis Hamilton222111
31Force IndiaMercedesEsteban Ocon222111
18WilliamsMercedesLance Stroll222111
35WilliamsMercedesSergey Sitorkin222111

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine
TC: Turbocharger
MGU-K: Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic
MGU-H: Moto Generator Unit: Heat
ES: Energy Store
CE: Control Electronics

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5 comments on “Gasly to take grid penalty after fitting fifth new power unit”

  1. A complete new Honda power unit has been fitted

    Good. I’d like to know how Honda new PU slice through midfield.

  2. Unsurprising.

    1. Jere (@jerejj)
      Agreed, and there are still fans, who continue to argue that Mclaren decision to end their partnership with Honda was wrong. Put simply, even with a draggy Mclaren, and the 3rd best power unit on the grid in the Renault, Mclaren are still better off. It makes the Red Bull swapping to the Honda power unit even more baffling. Mind you, Honda could still get it right next year, but that is more in hope than expectation.

      1. As others have noted, to some extent Red Bull don’t really have a huge amount to lose if the relative performance gap between themselves and the midfield remains similar, since they’re far enough ahead that 3rd in the WCC is unlikely to be under threat.

        They have basically taken the attitude that, if things stand as they are, they’re probably not going to get any closer to the top two with Renault and have to try and do something different to bridge that gap. It might work out or it might not, but relations between Renault and Red Bull have been strained for some time and it does feel as if things were going to break down sooner or later – whether it is a positive development or not remains to be seen.

  3. pastaman (@)
    22nd July 2018, 13:35

    At least Honda gets to top one of the standings every year

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