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F1 Monaco GP: Grid penalty for Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen will take a five-place grid penalty after qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix following a gearbox change.
Kimi Raikkonen's bid for pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix suffered a setback immediately after the third and final practice session, when Ferrari needed to change the gearbox on his SF16-H.

The Finn had struggled to match team-mate Sebastian Vettel's session-leading pace, and it was subsequently discovered that his gearbox had been damaged during the 60 minutes of morning practice. Raikkonen eventually finished ninth overall in FP3, a full second off his team-mate, having had his gearbox slip into neutral during the session.

Having been the better of the Ferraris on Thursday, the penalty is a major blow for Raikkonen at a race where the majority of winners have started in the top three places on the grid. With Ferrari looking to be back in the qualifying mix with Mercedes and Red Bull, however, the Finn still has something to play for, even if it means starting on row three on Sunday afternoon.



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