Easier Quali for Mercedes? Verstappen and Leclerc take penalties

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Seven Formula 1 drivers will take grid penalties at the Belgian Grand Prix, among them frontrunners Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

Several Formula 1 drivers will take a grid drop at the Belgian Grand Prix, which may help Mercedes have an easier time in qualifying.

Max Verstappen will start at the back of the grid because he has been fitted with a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), turbocharger, MGU-H, and MGU-K. This will trigger a penalty because he has exceeded his quota for the season.

He has also been fitted with a second Energy Store and Control Electronics, but this will not trigger any penalties.

Charles Leclerc will join the Dutchman at the back of the grid for the same reason, after he was fitted with with a new MGU-K, Energy Store and gearbox.


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Lando Norris was fitted with a new ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H, which will trigger the same penalty.

Esteban Ocon was also fitted with a new ICE, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, Energy Store and Control Electronics units. He will also be demoted to the back of the grid.

Valtteri Bottas will also start from the back after he was fitted with a new ICE, gearbox, turbocharger and MGU-H.

Finally, Mick Schumacher will join all of them at the back after he got fitted with new Control Electronics units and a gearbox.

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