Nico Hulkenberg is set for a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change ahead of the Russian Grand Prix.

In a report from FIA F1 technical delegate Jo Bauer, it was confirmed that Hulkenberg will start the race at Sochi with a new gearbox. The regulations state that each gearbox has to be used for six consecutive events, but Force India will change the gearbox before Hulkenberg's run of six has been completed.

"[Hulkenberg] did finish the last race in Suzuka and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive Events expired," the note from the FIA read. "Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 28.6a of the 2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations."

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As a result, Hulkenberg gets an automatic five-place grid penalty which will be applied after qualifying, with Pastor Maldonado also set to drop five places on the grid as a result of a power unit penalty carried over from Japan.