Grosjean to face five place grid penalty in Monaco

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Romain Grosjean is set to drop five places on the grid for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix following an unscheduled gearbox change by Lotus.

Gearboxes are intended to last six consecutive races, and are only interchangeable when a driver fails to finish a grand prix.

As detailed in the FIA technical delegate’s report ahead of the race in Monaco this weekend, Grosjean is set to be referred to the stewards and will be handed a five place grid drop for the race.

“The above driver did finish the last race in Barcelona and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive events expired,” technical delegate Jo Bauer wrote.

“Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 28.6a of the 2015 Formula One Sporting Regulations and I am referring this matter to the Stewards for their consideration.”

In qualifying on Saturday, Grosjean was disappointed to qualify down in 11th place after making a mistake on what looked to be his quickest lap in Q2.

“I made a mistake on what should have been my fastest lap in Q2 and I was aiming for a much better lap time which would have put me in the top ten,” Grosjean said.

“Basically I locked a wheel heading into turn fifteen and went straight-on which lost me about four tenths. The car is looking good for the race, even if I have it all to do with my penalty meaning I start from P15 on the grid.”

Despite originally dropping to P16, Grosjean has gained a position by virtue of Carlos Sainz Jr’s exclusion from qualifying after he failed to go to the weighbridge when asked.

F1 Countdown for the Monaco Grand Prix is live on NBCSN from 7am on Sunday, before switching over to NBC at 7:30am ET for the race.