Vandoorne hit with grid penalty… already!

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne kicks off his US Grand Prix race week with a five-spot grid penalty following an ICE change.

High mileage on the Belgian’s Internal Combustion Engine has forced the change by Honda, which is Vandoorne’s eighth this season.

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Honda was hopeful of a good performance at the Circuit of the Americas, a layout where the Japanese manufacturer did not feel its power unit was at a specific disadvantage.

No other components on Vandoorne’s unit are scheduled for change.

As for Fernando Alonso, he will be using the engine which was raced in Japan two weeks ago.

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