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Engine change puts Vandoorne grid penalty tally at 65!

Stoffel Vandoorne

While practically it won't make much of a difference, Stoffel Vandoorne just saw his grid-penalty tally practically double overnight.

McLaren decided late yesterday to change the Belgian driver's gearbox, a move which added 5-place penalty to his 35 number which came about as a result of Vandoorne running Honda's latest spec-3.6 power unit.

But that engine has apparently been diagnosed with an issue, leading Honda to undertake an engine change overnight.

It doesn't affect my motivation," said Vandoorne.

"It's maybe a shame that it happens in Spa, but it is the way it is.  The penalties were inevitable considering all the failures we've had in the beginning of the season.

"It was always going to be like this. We need to think about the future. Hopefully it will help in other Grands Prix."

Vandoorne believes however that his home track isn't the worst venue when it comes to starting at the back of the grid.

"It is definitely a mixed feeling. But the track itself compensates for all that.

"And who knows - conditions can change here from one moment to the other and then you could have a totally new ball game. I will try to be the best daredevil possible!"

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