Fernando Alonso is now only one engine away from taking a grid penalty after additional technical points final outing in Saudi Arabia.
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Fernando Alonso will tackle his third Inside Combustion Engine (ICE) in as many races at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
Alonso had already moved onto his second ICE in Saudi Arabia as a precaution, with Alpine figuring out a sealing subject after the season opener in Bahrain, however that new unit hit hassle in the course of the race and he was pressured to retire.
The crew’s post-race checks on the brand new engine decided a water pump-related trigger that may eradicate it from Alonso’s pool, which means he can be working his third of three permitted models for the 2022 marketing campaign in Melbourne.
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Requested by RacingNews365.com for an replace on the state of affairs, an Alpine spokesperson defined: “On inspection after the race, we found there was a difficulty with the water pump, which triggered the engine to overheat.
“Sadly, this engine can’t be used anymore this yr as a result of harm sustained.”
There may be some excellent news for Alonso, nevertheless, with Alpine confirming that they plan to re-introduce his engine from Bahrain later within the yr.
Ought to Alonso want a fourth ICE this season (with 20 races set to comply with), he’ll serve a 10-place grid penalty on the race weekend it’s launched.
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