Sport Bottas set for five-place grid penalty due to gearbox change

21:40  14 july  2017
21:40  14 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Hamilton slapped with five-place grid penalty for gearbox

  Hamilton slapped with five-place grid penalty for gearbox Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a five-place penalty for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix due to failing to meet the minimum amount of races before changing his gearbox. Mercedes informed the FIA this past Tuesday that a gearbox change was necessary following Baku. FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer said: “The above driver did finish the last race in Baku and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive events expired. “As this is not in compliance with article 23.5a of the 2017 Formula 1 sporting regulations, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration. “The team informed the technical delegate about the gearbox change on Tuesday, 04th July 2017, at 11:29 hours.” Hamilton has suffered from some woeful Fridays this season so far, but he had a much more comfortable first couple of sessions in Austria. “It was a smooth day generally,” Hamilton said. “For the first time, we started off with a good baseline. “Usually we’re not so great initially and then we have to build up from it, so I’m happy. “For the first time we started in a good place with the balance of the car and we’re just trying to finesse it.

18:00 – Valtteri Bottas will take a five - place grid penalty at this weekend's British Grand Prix due to an unscheduled gearbox change , Mercedes has announced. Bottas , who set the pace in both of Friday's practice sessions at Silverstone

It was understandable given that the Finn's reaction time was recorded at just 0.21s, but it set Bottas up perfectly to build a solid lead right from the Rather than risk a failure in Austria, the team opted to put a new gearbox in his car on Saturday and in doing so incurred a five - place grid drop that left

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Valtteri Bottas is set to take a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Bottas topped both of Friday’s practice sessions at Silverstone, narrowly beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in each session by less than a tenth of a second.

The Finnish ace will suffer the same fate as Hamilton in Austria, after failing to meet the minimum amount of races before making a gearbox change.

Mercedes changed Bottas’ gearbox following the Spanish Grand Prix and shouldn’t have changed it before the Belgian GP.

However, Bottas’ gearbox was damaged in a similar way to Hamilton’s after Baku, which will mean he will start no higher than sixth in Sunday’s race.

The 27-year-old won his second race of the season in Austria, closing the gap to his team-mate in the drivers’ championship to 15 points.

Ricciardo: British GP fightback "great fun" .
Daniel Ricciardo was delighted with a superb recovery drive as he climbed from the back of the grid to fifth place in the British Grand Prix. A combination of a five-place penalty for a gearbox change and a turbo failure in qualifying had left the Australian down in 19th on the grid. It proved an action-packed race as Ricciardo gained good ground in the early laps before seeing his progress wiped out when he ran wide on the exit of Luffield. The Red Bull driver swiftly scythed his way back through the pack and ultimately wound up fifth after problems for Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel in the dying stages. Ricciardo says he thoroughly enjoyed the race and hopes that he was able to put a good show for the Silverstone fans. “I hope they showed a lot of that on TV,” he said. “I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it. “We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again.” “It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian.” Ricciardo remains fourth in the drivers’ championship, but loses ground to Valterri Bottas who also recovered from a gearbox penalty to take second.


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