Alonso expects another power unit change penalty before end of season

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In the round-up: Fernando Alonso is bracing himself for another power unit change penalty before the year is over.

In brief

Alonso says he may need to take a sixth Renault power unit to reach the end of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

The Alpine driver has already had two grid penalties this season for exceeding his allowance of three power units for the 2022 season – serving them at his home grand prix in Spain, then in Austria. After retiring from the Singapore Grand Prix with a power unit problem, Alonso admits he may be required to take a further penalty before the end of the season.

“We are maybe not completely safe until the end of the year,” said Alonso. “So, it is possible that we may have to introduce a power unit. I don’t think that there’s going to be this weekend but soon.”

O’Ward runs McLaren Formula 1 test at Red Bull Ring

IndyCar driver Patricio O’Ward completed a day of running in McLaren’s 2021 MCL35M at the Red Bull Ring in Austria yesterday.

The McLaren SP racer – who is signed to an F1 development programme with the team – completed a day of running at the Red Bull Ring. O’Ward has experience of the Austrian circuit, having made his solitary Formula 2 appearance there in 2018 with MP Motorsport.

McLaren will also run 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou during as part of their week’s programme at the circuit.

Mercedes junior Aron joins FIA Formula 3 for 2023

Mercedes junior driver Paul Aron will compete in the 2023 FIA Formula 3 championship with Prema, the team has confirmed.

The 18-year-old will make his debut in the FIA series which supports Formula 1 with the team he has been competing with in both the Formula Regional European and Formula Regional Asian championship in 2021 and 2022.

Aron currently sits in third position in the FREC series with two rounds remaining, having taken four wins, five pole positions and six podium finishes.

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Comment of the day

Nicholas Latifi may begrudge not having the opportunity to speak with the stewards after they handed him a five place grid penalty for hitting Zhou Guanyu in Singapore, but reader Tommy Scragend doesn’t have sympathy for him…

Latifi admitted on the radio that he didn’t know Zhou was there. If he’d been looking in his mirrors as he said, he would have known Zhou had been behind him. If he suddenly can’t see him, where did he think he had gone?

“It’s my fault I hit him but actually it’s his fault for being there because if he hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have hit him” isn’t much of a defence.

Tommy Scragend

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Alexandre Carvalho and Renate Jungert!

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  • 5 comments on “Alonso expects another power unit change penalty before end of season”

    1. So, Red Bull is now running their car with ‘ekar’.

    2. Thank you (Merci, Gracias, Danke, Obrigado, Grazie), always good to have an international audience here ;)

    3. Happy birthday to Alexandre Carvalho and Renate Jungert!

      You share the same birthday as Vladimir Putin. Nevertheless, happy birthday for both of you !

    4. All three Japanese GP special designs are good, but Yuki’s is my outright favorite.

      Spot-on COTD.

      I almost recognize Paul Monaghan in the 2012 podium image at first.

    5. It’s like some job swap week. Good to see folk getting experience of other series cars.

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