Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button given grid penalties at Monza

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer at Monza
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button at the Italian Grand Prix
McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were hit with a record penalty of a total of 105 grid positions at the Belgian Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix coverage details
Fri 4 Sep: First Practice, 08:55-10:35, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, & Second Practice, 12:55-14:35, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra,
Sat 5 Sep: Final Practice, 09:55-11:05, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (BBC Sport website-only), & Qualifying, 12:55-14:05, BBC Radio 5 live, & Qualifying Highlights, 17:00-18:10, BBC One.
Sun 6 Sep: Race, 12:30-15:00, BBC Radio 5 live, & Race Highlights, 17:05-18:35, BBC One.
Live text commentary available on the BBC Sport website.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will start from the back at Sunday's Italian Grand Prix after the latest in a series of engine penalties.

Both drivers will have new Honda engines fitted for the race, triggering a 10-place penalty for Alonso and a five-place drop for Button at Monza.

The car's lack of pace means they are likely to drop to the back of the grid.

Alonso and Button were hit with a record penalty of a total of 105 grid positions at the last race in Belgium.

The two men have been handed different penalties for Monza because of Formula 1's complex engine rules.

Before the race in Spa two weeks ago, Alonso and Button had already used up their permitted supply of five engines for the season, as well as their total allowed number of replacement parts that make up the complex hybrid power-units used in F1.

Honda is struggling for both reliability and performance in its first season back in the sport since it pulled out at the end of 2008.

The Japanese giant fitted two new engines, of an upgraded specification, at the Belgian Grand Prix to increase its pool of the latest spec of engines for the remainder of the season.

This latest move will add another engine for each driver for the remaining eight races.

Meanwhile, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has told Autosportexternal-link that his team's drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, will be given 10-place grid penalties for engine changes at Monza.

BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
"Like nowhere else, Monza has a claim to be the spiritual home of Formula 1.
It's not the best circuit, and it's not where grand prix racing started. But Italy is the oldest surviving race on the calendar - and Monza the oldest track still in use.
The first Italian Grand Prix there was held in 1922 and through the near-century since Monza has seen it all, from the closest finish on record to the deaths of some of the sport's greatest drivers.
That history hangs heavy in the protected trees of the royal park that houses the Autodromo.
They say you can feel the ghosts of yesteryear's heroes there. That might be stretching it a bit. But as the first morning mists of the Piedmont autumn hang in the air, the foothills of the Alps visible in the distance, there is something undeniably special about the place.
Monza fills you with awe like nowhere else on the motorsport calendar."

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