Fernando Alonso's grid penalty reaches 40 places

Vandoorne digs at Honda 'At least our simulator is reliable!'

Alonso's teammate Stoffel Vandoorne will have a 30-place penalty with an extra MGU-H and turbo charger, adding a further 15-places on top of his original penalty.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (back) and McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso drive during the third practice session.

On top of that, the auto has performed poorly on track and neither driver made it out of Q1, with Alonso in 16th and Vandoorne 19th and last of the drivers who took part in qualifying.

"He's still in a situation where he's driving phenomenally", Webber said. We always expected to struggle a little bit around here, we've not been on the pace all weekend, so let's just see what happens tomorrow.

"The last lap I had a bit of traffic and didn't get a tow onto the straight, " said Vandoorne. "This is to prevent the stockpiling of spare power unit elements".

Vandoorne said that McLaren's relatively modest performance in the tight and twisty middle sector in Baku reflected the low downforce set-up used to compensate for lack of straightline performance. "We will try to go through the weekend in the best way possible, to perform the best we can, but there are things that are out of our hands".

"This afternoon's result was particularly disappointing - we always knew that we'd be towards the back due to the engine penalties both drivers have taken this weekend, but it's never satisfying to be right at the back of the grid".

"We will start from the back of the grid tomorrow but I'm sure that both of our talented drivers will continue to push and do their very best".

Alonso admitted that he's hoping that the race will be more eventful than last year's, and that attrition ahead will help him to make progress.

"I have been in the sport for eight years and, while sometimes taking your time is not very good for the driver, it is good for the team to understand what is happening". "Working through our programme in accordance with today's schedule, I can confirm that we were able to see the effectiveness of the update in the data".



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