Kamui Kobayashi has been handed a five-place grid penalty as a result of a gearbox change made ahead of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Kobayashi had to stop on track during his final run in FP3 as the team told him there was a problem with the car. Having pulled off at Turn 10, when the car was returned to the garage it was discovered that there was a transmission issue and that the gearbox would need to be changed, as a result automatically invoking the five-place grid penalty.

With Esteban Gutierrez - who has also changed his gearbox - not running in qualifying due to chassis damage, Kobayashi will only drop one place behind team-mate Marcus Ericsson on the grid having originally qualified in 20th place.

Looking ahead to the race, Kobayashi said the penalty doesn't make a significant difference and wants Caterham to be prepared to make the most of any opportunities that may arise.

"In quali we did two runs on the supersofts but the red flag at the end of the session meant I couldn't improve my time," Kobayashi said. "We'd made a bit more progress since FP3 and the balance was better, so on my last quick lap I made up a tenth in the first two corners, but then had to abort that run so finished in 20th.

"With the grid penalty we have to take for the gearbox change over lunch I'll start at the back of the grid and all I can do is fight - everyone in the team keeps doing that, even in a tough weekend like we're having here, and as we saw at the last race, anything can happen and we need to be there if and when it counts tomorrow."


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