Gasly He qualified sixth on Friday at Monza, but suffered damage to his front wing on the first lap of the sprint race, causing him to go off track at the Big Turn.
The French rider was due to start Sunday’s grand prix from last on the grid, leading to AlphaTauri take advantage of the situation and fit a new power unit.
The FIA Technical Delegate, Jo Bauer, confirmed in the pre-race that Gasly has a new engine, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, electronic controls and energy reservoir in his Honda power unit.
In addition, Gasly has also fitted a new gearbox, which would normally result in a five-position penalty on the grid.
But since Honda has chosen to mount a different specification for the power tank, Gasly will have to start the race from the pitlane.
Gasly said after Saturday’s sprint race that he knew it would be “very difficult” to get into the points zone on Sunday, given the difficulty of overtaking at Monza.
“I saw Lewis (Hamilton) really fight, he couldn’t get past Lando (Norris),” Gasly said at the Monza media corral.
“The same with the Alpine and Aston Martin, they were very close for many laps, but still there were no overtaking.”
“We know it’s going to be extremely difficult to come back. But at the end of the day, if you finish P18, P11, P15. It’s the same. It doesn’t mean anything.”
“We have to try everything to score at least one point.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, battle with Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, at the start of the sprint race.
Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
AlphaTauri is the only team to have scored in every race this season, but it runs the risk of that streak coming to an end. Gasly’s teammate Yuki Tsunoda will start 15th on Sunday.
The damage to Gasly’s front wing came after Daniel Ricciardo’s rear wheel hit at Turn 1, causing the wing to slide underneath his car.
“I felt the contact with Daniel and right after that I went on the radio to ask the team to let me know if there was anything,” Gasly said.
“Literally two seconds after that, the front wing went under the car and I went straight into the wall.”
“I could see some sparks, but I didn’t know if it was the endplate that was touching the ground, or if it was really the front wing that was totally out of place.”
“Basically, I think it was five or six seconds after contact that he went under the car and that was it.”