Stoffel Vandoorne has been handed with a three-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix following his crash with Felipe Massa during Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The Belgian turned in on the Williams of Felipe Massa at turn one causing the pair to bang wheels with Vandoorne forced to retire when his MCL32 ended up in the gravel after the collision and Massa was forced to make an extra pit-stop which saw the Brazillian finish 13th in the race.
The FIA came to the conclusion that Vandoorne was at fault and have given the McLaren driver a three-place grid penalty for the Monaco Grand Prix as well as two penalty points on his racing license.
The penalty will be a blow to McLaren who made changes to elements of the Honda power unit ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix which resulted in Vandoorne starting last.
The team hoped by taking penalties in Spain it would give them the best opportunity to score their best result of the season in Monaco where engine power doesn’t play as big a part of performance as it does in other races.
Vandoorne will be joined by the 2009 F1 World Champion, Jenson Button, in the McLaren garage in Monaco with the Brit filling in for Fernando Alonso who is attempting to win the Indianapolis 500.