Sebastian Vettel Handed Five-Place Grid Penalty For Russian Grand Prix

Updated: 30 April 2016 00:35 IST

Sebastian Vettel has been handed a five-place grid penalty after his Ferrari team decided to change his gearbox ahead of Russian Grand Prix. 

Sebastian Vettel Handed Five-Place Grid Penalty For Russian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion, has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Russian GP on Sunday. © AFP

Sochi:

Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's Russian Grand Prix with a five place grid penalty after his Ferrari team on Friday decided to change his car's gearbox.

The four-time world champion had earlier stopped out on track during second practice when his car failed due to an electrical problem.

He was second fastest in the afternoon session behind defending three time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

Vettel has admitted he and Ferrari are under pressure to improve results after seeing Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg reel off three season-opening wins to lead the title race by 36 points.

Hamilton is also using a new gearbox this weekend, but this follows him replacing one at the Chinese Grand Prix where he took a grid penalty. He has no grid penalty for this race.

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Highlights
  • Vettel won four world championships from 2010-2013.
  • He switched to Ferrari from Red Bull in 2015.
  • He is currently 4th in 2016 drivers' standings.
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