Ericsson receives a grid penalty ahead of the Belgian GP

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Shortly after FP1, it was announced that Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson has incurred a ten-place grid penalty after the team fitted his car with new power unit components ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ericsson’s Sauber was fitted with its fifth internal combustion engine and fifth energy store of the season ahead of first practice, but a new turbocharger means he has now used six of that component, resulting in a ten-place penalty.

Given Sauber’s recent qualifying performances, it is likely to put Ericsson at the back of the grid, where he could line up alongside Lewis Hamilton, who is also due a grid penalty. After first practice Hamilton had incurred a 15-place penalty, but if Mercedes opts to stockpile components in order to avoid further penalties at future rounds, the amount of places he drops down the grid could increase.

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