Hulkenberg set for Austrian GP grid penalty for F1 engine change

Nico Hulkenberg is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix after Renault opted to give him a new B-Spec Formula 1 engine for Saturday

Hulkenberg set for Austrian GP grid penalty for F1 engine change

The upgraded enging, which involves only a new V6, was already used at Paul Ricard by Hulkenberg's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who did not take a penalty at the team's home race as he was still within his allocation for the season.

McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr took it on Friday at the Red Bull Ring, as part of a complete new set of power unit elements, and will start at the back of the grid.

Hulkenberg received a grid penalty in Spain when he took a set of new power unit elements, including his fourth V6 of the season, although that was meaningless as he had already been consigned to a pitlane start for a change of wing spec after qualifying.

As the Austria change represents Hulkenberg's fifth V6 of the season the penalty is only five places.

Speaking about his performance in Friday practice, which he ended a lowly 16th, Hulkenberg admitted to struggling to find a balance.

"It's a short lap, not too many corners, but Spielberg kind of has its own laws and rules," he said.

"It's a tricky old track, very technical. But the main struggle [was] with the balance, and it's very hard to find a good rhythm. And of course you do see that on the timesheet.

"We were really lacking some slow-speed performance - hence we elected to do another low fuel run and it compromised our high-fuel running a little bit trying to get more out of the car."

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