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Russian GP: Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Fernando Alonso get grid drops

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-28 20:00:49

Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso are among five drivers who will start Sunday's Russian GP among the grid's back rows owing to engine penalties.

Both Red Bulls, McLaren's Alonso, plus the two Toro Rossos have replaced multiple engine parts on their respective cars and exceeded the maximum 15 penalty places - locking all five into back-of-the-field starts.

When's the Russian GP on Sky F1?

Qualifying live on Saturday at 1pm while Sunday's race starts at 12.10pm

The FIA will confirm after qualifying on Saturday evening the order in which they will line up in at the back of the field.

For Red Bull, the latest penalties have been triggered after the team reverted to engine supplier Renault's B-spec engine after running the newer C-spec in recent races. Verstappen said the unusual move was due to the fact the C-spec is thought to have more vulnerabilities at races where the tracks are at higher altitude, such as Mexico next month.

But Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, while saying the engine change was "pre-planned" with Red Bull, said of Verstappen's remarks: "I don't agree with those comments."

Meanwhile, sister team Toro Rosso are running upgraded Honda units this weekend as the Japanese manufacturer continues to chase performance before adding the senior Red Bull team to its stable next year.

How to watch Sky F1 and the Ryder Cup

With Sky F1's Race Control service, you can watch the Russian GP and the Ryder Cup simultaneously this weekend

Sky F1's weekend schedule

Friday, September 28
12.45pm: Russian GP Practice Two Build-up
1pm: Russian GP Practice Two LIVE!
2.50pm: F2 Qualifying LIVE!

Saturday, September 29
9.45am: Russian GP Practice Three Build-up
10am: Russian GP Practice Three LIVE!
12pm: Russian GP Qualifying Build-up
1pm: Russian GP Qualifying LIVE!
2.35pm: The F1 Show LIVE!
3.05pm: F2 Race One LIVE!

Sunday, September 30
9.15am: F2 Race Two LIVE!
10.30am: Pit Lane LIVE!
11.30am: On the Grid LIVE!
12.10pm: The Russian Grand Prix LIVE!
3.30pm: Paddock LIVE!

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