Alonso joins pack of drivers hit by engine penalties for Russian GP

Fernando Alonso has joined the drivers who will start at the back of the grid for the 2018 Russian Grand Prix after changing multiple power unit elements

Alonso joins pack of drivers hit by engine penalties for Russian GP

Both of the Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers were already known to be taking new parts, with the Red Bull racers switching back to using Renault's Spec B power unit iteration.

Those four drivers and Alonso will line up on the grid in the order that the new elements were first used on track.

This triggered a rush to make it to the end of the pitlane between then ahead of the start of FP1 in Sochi on Friday.

The race was won by Lando Norris, who is driving Alonso's car in the opening practice session - and he has therefore earned a 16th place start for his team-mate on Sunday.

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley followed Norris in the queue, and will start from 17th to 20th unless there are any further penalties.

All five drivers have taken a new internal combustion engines, turbo, MGU-H and MGU-K.

Verstappen, Alonso and Hartley also have new control electronics, and Verstappen and Alonso have new energy stores.

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