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Italian Grand Prix: Starting grid with penalties applied

Italian Grand Prix: Starting grid with penalties applied

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Italian Grand Prix: Starting grid with penalties applied

Italian Grand Prix: Starting grid with penalties applied

Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly face a difficult Italian Grand Prix as both serve hefty penalties for power unit changes.

After setting the fastest time in qualifying on Friday and following that up with victory in the sprint race on Saturday, for Sunday's race, the Mercedes driver starts at the back of the grid.

Mercedes opted to take a complete power unit change on Bottas' car going into the weekend to introduce another system into the pool, leading to a raft of penalties.

The Finnish driver will now start from 19th on the grid, rather than 20th, as Pierre Gasly will start from the pit lane.

Gasly crashed into a barrier on the opening lap of the sprint, leading to AlphaTauri also opting for a complete power unit change.

But in taking on a different specification of energy store, that necessitates the start from the pit lane.

Bottas' penalty means all those who finished behind him in the sprint now shuffle up a position.

At the front of the grid, Max Verstappen starts from pole ahead of McLaren duo Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton fourth.

The complete starting grid is...

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