Fernando Alonso is poised to start this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after Honda changed a number of parts on his Formula 1 power unit ahead of opening practice.

A lack of reliability and performance has caused McLaren’s relationship with Honda to near breaking point, with the Japanese marque’s latest setback coming at Spa when it failed to introduce its ‘Spec 4’ power unit.

Instead, Honda made a handful of minor updates to Alonso’s power unit, with more changes being made ahead of this weekend’s race at Monza, taking the Spaniard to its Spec 3.7 power unit.

An entirely new power unit is required for the update, meaning Alonso will receive a 35-place grid drop for Sunday’s race.

However, the Spec 3.7 unit will not be used for the race at Monza, with Honda instead preferring to save it for the next race at Singapore when McLaren stands more chance of scoring points.

Alonso ran with the Spec 3.7 unit in FP1, but will move back to the Spec 3.5 unit he used at Spa last weekend and reported an issue on during the race before retiring.

Alonso is due to be joined at the back of the grid by Red Bull drives Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, whose penalties are set to be confirmed by the FIA today.


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