Rosberg, Vettel take grid penalties for gearbox changes

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Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel will both drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix after taking penalties for changing a gearbox on their cars.

Vettel was forced to take a new gearbox on Friday after FP2, while Rosberg’s car was damaged in a crash in the final practice session on Saturday ahead of qualifying.

The FIA confirmed in separate statements that both drivers would be dropping five places as a result of the changes.

Rosberg qualified second in Saturday’s session, half a second shy of teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the timesheets. As a result, he will fall back to P7 for the start of the race on Sunday.

Vettel finished fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg slotting into third, meaning he falls to ninth on the grid.

Their grid drops bump McLaren’s Jenson Button up into third place, marking the best qualifying result for the team in qualifying since joining forces with Honda at the start of 2015.