Robert Kubica will be forced to take a ten-place grid penalty after suffering an engine change brought on by a suspected failure in the third and final free practice session around Spa-Francorchamps.

Kubica hadn't set a lap time when his BMW Sauber coasted to a halt with smoke emerging from the rear, indicating an engine failure was the cause.

The result means Kubica will have to take a ten-place grid penalty after qualifying, hurting his chances of a good result around a circuit he has not raced a Formula 1 car before.

Kubica's failure from a car that has been otherwise reliable is expected to have come following the stress placed on it during the high-speed Italian Grand Prix, followed by the equally intense practice laps around Belgium.

It is likely to prompt fears down the pit lane that Kubica's engine won't be the last to cry enough over the remainder of the weekend.

 

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