Lando Norris hit with hefty penalty in tight McLaren and Ferrari battle ahead of Mexico GP

Lando Norris will start from the back of the grid after McLaren opted to take a new power unit ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix. From the eight Mercedes-powered cars on the grid, only Norris was yet to take a fourth power unit this season, as Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was hit with a grid penalty on Friday morning.

The penalty comes after team-mate Daniel Ricciardo took his fourth power unit in Turkey, and speaking ahead of the weekend, Norris admitted penalties could be looming.

“It’s something that’s ongoing,” explained Norris. “Nearly all the other Merc drivers have taken one.

“But it’s a conversation going on between our team and Mercedes as to what’s best before the end of the season, whether we do or we don’t, whether we take one now or before the end of the year.

“There’s not long left but whether we take one before the end of the season has yet to be decided.

“It will be a discussion that goes on until the end of the season.”

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