Mexico GP engine change set to dump Lando Norris to the back

McLaren’s Lando Norris has taken a new power unit for the Mexico City GP, meaning he will start the race from the back.

Since Norris is going to have a new Mercedes engine fitted into his McLaren MCL35M for the Mexico City Grand Prix, it means that his run as the only Mercedes-powered driver yet to take a fourth engine is over.

Penalties are handed out once a driver goes beyond their allowance of three, and when a driver takes a complete set of new components, as Norris has done, it means that they are demoted to the back of the grid.

However, Norris may not actually start from the very last grid slot.

Ahead of tomorrow’s #MexicoGP, the team have decided to replace @LandoNorris’ power unit. pic.twitter.com/vVtuMXvxHb

— McLaren (@McLarenF1) November 6, 2021

Lance Stroll and Yuki Tsunoda have also picked up the same penalty, and so their qualifying positions will determine where the trio line-up at the back.

 

With the 2021 campaign now entering its closing stages, McLaren have five more rounds to see off Ferrari’s bid for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship.

The advantage is with McLaren who hold that place currently on 254 points, but Ferrari are only 3.5 adrift, meaning it is still absolutely all to play for.

And so, engine penalties such as these for Norris could well have major implications on the final finishing places for McLaren and Ferrari.

 

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