Stoffel Vandoorne will be forced to start towards the back of the grid for his home Belgian Grand Prix after McLaren-Honda’s latest upgrades necessitated changes to his MCL32.

The former GP2 Series champion – who scored his first points of the season last time out in Hungary – will become the first Belgian to start at Spa-Francorchamps since Jerome d’Ambrosio drove for Marussia in 2011.

However, he will likely do so from the back of the grid after he received the latest set of Honda power unit upgrades, which will necessitate a new ICE, MGU-K, MGU-H, TC and ES.

"Both Fernando and Stoffel will be running upgraded power unit's this weekend,” said Honda motorsport boss Yusuke Hasegawa, “Unfortunately Stoffel will receive a grid penalty at his home grand prix, but it is important for us to introduce updates as soon as they are ready.

"It is positive that we have been able to introduce this next step forward so quickly, and we will continue to introduce updates throughout the remainder of the season."#

McLaren this week confirmed Vandoorne will remain with the team as planned for the 2018 F1 season.  

 

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