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.

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”