McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne is destined to start at the back of the grid for the Russian Grand Prix after technical issues experienced in first free practice were quickly traced to problems with the Honda power unit.

The Belgian complained of 'no power' towards the end of the session, with Honda communicating that it has opted to change power unit on his McLaren MCL32 in the interests of saving time and maximising mileage for FP2 later today.

With the MGU-H changed, along with what is already a fifth turbocharger, Vandoorne will have accumulated at least 15 positions worth of grid penalties coming into the race.

The former GP2 champion's dismal luck comes after he failed to even start the Bahrain Grand Prix due to reliability issues.

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