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Alonso to lose ten grid places 10 Jul 2004

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R24.
Formula One World Championship, British Grand Prix, Rd 11, Practice, Silverstone, England, 9 July 2004

Renault's Fernando Alonso will lose ten grid positions after qualifying this afternoon following an engine failure in Saturday morning's final practice session at Silverstone.

According to the team, it is currently too early to diagnose the exact cause of the problem. Alonso will continue to use his race car, with the engine from the spare car being transferred into chassis R24-02.

Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella will also be demoted ten places on the grid for the British Grand Prix, following an engine change on his C23 on Friday.