Albon takes second new Honda F1 engine in two days at Austrian GP

Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Alex Albon has moved onto his second new Honda engine in two days ahead of final practice and qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix

Albon takes second new Honda F1 engine in two days at Austrian GP

Albon had already been consigned to starting Sunday's race at back of the grid, in company with Carlos Sainz Jr, as a consequence of penalties incurred on Friday.

He took Honda's latest 'Spec 3' power unit, which entailed a new V6, turbo, MGU-H and MGU-K, ahead of FP1 on Friday, but has now taken further new Spec 3 examples of each of those.

The V6 and MGU-K he used on Friday cannot stay in the pool and be used again, because they contributed to penalties, meaning both items had a lifespan of just two practice sessions.

However, the Friday turbo and MGU-H can be retained in the pool and used again, because they did not contribute to penalties.

Autosport understands the change was scheduled and that the point was to put the extra turbo and MGU-H in the pool for Albon without further penalty.

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost downplayed the suggestion that the double change was an unusual move.

"What's usual in F1? That makes it exciting," he told Autosport.

"There are enough engines here and Honda is testing so it's fine."

Asked if Saturday's engine was an improvement, he added: "It's for sure better, otherwise we would not change the engine.

"It was scheduled, as we will schedule in Spa and Monza another change."

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