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Fernando Alonso to start Austrian Grand Prix in last place

Spaniard will have it all to do from the back of the grid

Sport360 staff 2018/07/01

Fernando Alonso will start the Austrian Grand Prix from last place after taking on new engine parts.

Alonso was due to line up in 14th for the struggling McLaren team, but the Spaniard will now start from the pit lane.

The two-time world champion also has a new front wing after he ran across the kerbing in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

Alonso has failed to finish the last three grands prix following a series of mechanical issues.

The 36-year-old Spaniard is out of contract with McLaren at the end of the year and is considering whether to walk away from the sport.

McLaren are in the midst of another awful season despite the British team’s hopes for improvement following their switch from Honda to Renault engines.

Alonso’s team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne qualified only 18th of the 20 runners on Saturday.

Valtteri Bottas lines up on pole position ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel, who trails Hamilton by 14 points, was demoted to sixth by the stewards after he was adjudged to have blocked Carlos Sainz in qualifying.

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