Abu Dhabi will see Brendon Hartley start his fourth F1 race, and for the fourth time this year the Toro Rosso rookie gets a grid drop.

The Kiwi’s car takes on a ninth MGU-H this weekend and a 10-place grid demotion to boot.

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The penalty could prove costly as Toro Rosso is fighting to defend its sixth place in the Constructors’ standings at the season finale, with both Renault and Haas breathing down its neck and determined to wrestle the spot at the Yas Marina venue, a feat which would yield a few million dollars more in prize money.

As the year reaches its end, engine supplier Renault is short on spare parts, and Red Bull, Toro Rosso and the works team are all keeping their fingers crossed and hoping failures don’t materialize between today and Sunday.

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