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Published: 11:42 | 29/9/16

Alonso hit with grid penalty

Fernando Alonso is to start Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix from the back of the grid.

Alonso will be hit with a 30-place grid penalty after Honda elected to trial new engine parts in Sepang, although it is unclear whether he will run the new unit for the entire weekend.

"We had a plan at the middle of the season of which would be the best traces where to pay the penalty and this was one of the best because the conditions normally change," Alonso explained.

A new power unit will be in place for the first free practice session on Friday before Honda and McLaren decide whether to use it for the second session.

As Alonso has used the permitted number of engine parts he will take a 30-place grid penalty but the Spaniard is hopeful that the new power unit will help him over the course of the rest of the season.

"The aim for us is to be in the points at every race until the end of the season. For me, this will be more difficult because l am starting last but points are still the target. Being the fourth-quickest car remains the target."

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