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Alonso, Bottas hit with grid penalties

Fernando Alonso will incur a 35-place grid penalty and start this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix last after changing his engine, McLaren said on Saturday. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will also receive a five-place grid penalty after the Finn was forced to make a gearbox change to his car. McLaren broke a late-night curfew to switch components to the Honda power unit after discovering a hydraulic leak after Friday practice at Suzuka. Alonso's struggling car will now have its eighth engine of a troubled season, its 10th turbocharger and seventh battery, among other changes, for Honda's home race. The penalty sends the double world champion to the back of the grid alongside fellow...
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