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Gasly set for grid penalty at British GP after taking on new power unit elements

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 29: 13th placed Pierre Gasly of France and Alpine F1 walks in the Pitlane

Pierre Gasly is set to drop to the back of the grid for the British Grand Prix, with Alpine swapping out a host of power unit components in his car ahead of the Silverstone event.

Gasly has taken on a fifth Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Turbocharger (TC), Motor Generator Unit-Heat (MGU-H) and Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic (MGU-K), breaching the limit of four for the season.

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The recently re-signed Frenchman has also been given a third Control Electronics unit, with two of those elements allowed over the course of the campaign.

As per F1’s regulations, should a driver use more power unit elements than the number permitted, a grid place penalty will be imposed upon them at the first event where each additional element is used.

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The first time the allocation of any of the seven power unit elements is exceeded, a 10-place grid penalty will be applied, with the second time (and so on) resulting in a five-place grid drop.

All penalties at the same event apply in a cumulative manner and, if a driver incurs a penalty exceeding 15 grid places, they will be required to start the race at the back.

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That means, with Gasly racking up more than that total, he will be moved from wherever he qualifies to the rear of the grid.

Alpine head into the weekend looking to build on a recent upturn in form, having scored points in five of the last six race weekends to sit eighth in the constructors’ standings.

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