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F1 Russian GP: Vettel suffers gearbox change penalty

Sebastian Vettel will start five positions lower than where he qualifies for the Russian Grand Prix after Ferrari changes his gearbox.
Sebastian Vettel has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix after being forced to take a gearbox change.

The four-time world champion suffered technical issues early on in the second free practice session at the Sochi Autodrom, the Ferrari SF16-T coming to a halt on the home straight.

However, the gearbox change is unrelated to this though, with Ferrari pre-emptively replacing it following Vettel's Chinese Grand Prix impacts.

As such, Ferrari has opted to change the gearbox, prompting a five-place grid penalty he will take after qualifying.

It marks the latest set-back for Ferrari after Kimi Raikkonen suffered a retirement in the Australian Grand Prix and Vettel failed to start the Bahrain Grand Prix.
by Ollie Barstow



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Equin0x

April 29, 2016 10:42 PM

MrQwerty: Underdog Rosberg: "We'll see the real Ferrari in the European races".
Hahahaha that cracked me up, it's true though why is Rosberg portraying Mercedes as on par with Ferrari??? And he will probably say that as well. Shame Ferrari are nowhere at the moment, Mercedes seems further ahead than the first couple of races, dark days ahead for Vettel and Ferrari, them 4 titles at Redbull could be all he's going to get, too early to say at 28 years old but Schumacher's 7 titles look secure for a while yet.



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