Mercedes has decided to give George Russell a new power unit, which means he will start the Singapore Grand Prix from the pit lane.
George Russell has taken on a new power unit ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, which means he will start the race from the pit lane.
Mercedes has fitted the Briton’s car with a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, Energy Store and Control Electronics.
The penalty is triggered because he is already on his third ICE, third turbocharger, third MGU-H, third MGU-K, second energy store and control electronics.
He is also getting a a new exhaust system, but this will not trigger any penalties.
Before this was announced, George was set to start from P11, after he got knocked out in Q2, due to an issue with his car.
“I had a recurring issue that we faced in FP1 where I kind of felt every time I got to the corner, I was kind of like picking up the throttle,” Russell said after qualifying.
“The car was just totally pushing on. I think we see this issue on the data, but it got progressively worse as qualifying continued.
“So I couldn’t get around any of the low-speed corners. It was literally like someone was trying to push me from behind.”
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Asked if the team knew what the issue was, George said:
“I don’t know, to be honest. As I jumped out of the car, my engineer said we see something on the data. But it was there from the very first lap in qualifying, but it just got progressively worse.
“It wasn’t anything to do with the throttle. That was the feeling, as if I was picking up the throttle into the corner.
“Braking, it was kind of like I was picking up the throttle before the apex, and washing out. I don’t know what the issue is, but we were nowhere.
“Regardless of how the performance is you never want to be starting P11 in a Grand Prix when you’ve got the car to be fighting for victory.
“”There’s been a safety car every single time we’ve been here. It’s hopefully going to be a couple of pit stops as we need to try and do something different to our rivals.
“But it won’t be a straightforward race,” the Briton concluded.