Renault duo set for penalties after engine upgrade

Renault has elected to introduce its new Spec C engine for the Belgian Grand Prix, meaning both Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg will take grid penalties.

With the French car manufacturer bidding to bounce back from a disappointing first half to the season, it hopes the minor upgrades to reliability and performance with the new power unit will help boost its competitiveness.

Renault had already taken grid penalties for using new components earlier in the season, and the changes to the ICE will thus mean a five-place grid drop for both drivers.

The upgrade will be Ricciardo’s fifth new ICE for the season and Hulkenberg’s sixth.

McLaren also has the option of taking the new engine for this weekend, but has so far not confirmed its plans.

Speaking on Thursday about what the team would do, Lando Norris said: “We have the possibility to choose the new one, but if we do it obviously comes with the penalty and there’s still a long way to go in the season.

“We haven’t decided yet but if we want to use it we can. The decision will be made tomorrow.”

Renault’s rival engine manufacturer Honda is also debuting a new engine specification this weekend, with Red Bull newcomer Alex Albon and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat relegated to the back of the grid.

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