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F1 Italian GP: Grosjean given five-place grid drop for gearbox switch

Romain Grosjean will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix after Haas were forced into a gearbox change due to his FP3 off.
Romain Grosjean will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix after Haas were forced into an unscheduled gearbox change due to his FP3 off.

In the opening stages of the final free practice session the French driver spun off at the Ascari chicane and became beached in the outside gravel trap, ending his session early after he said over the radio he had 'lost the gearbox' under braking.

F1 rules state all drivers must use a gearbox for six consecutive rounds and therefore Grosjean has been handed a five-place grid penalty which will be applied after his qualifying result.

Grosjean and Haas are expected to take full part in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, with the team targeting a maiden entry into the pole shootout Q3 session.

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