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.