Vettel set for grid penalty after Silverstone gearbox change

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Sebastian Vettel is set to receive his second five-place grid penalty in a week after the gearbox on his car had to be changed following final practice for the British Grand Prix.

Vettel dropped five places on the grid last weekend in Austria after being forced to change his gearbox following practice.

The German driver finished fifth in FP3 at Silverstone on Friday ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, but reported at the end of the session that there was an issue with his gearbox.

“I think we failed a gearbox again,” Vettel told his team before returning to the pits, cutting a dejected figure as he emerged from his Ferrari SF16-H car.

Ferrari confirmed on Twitter shortly after FP3 that Vettel did require a gearbox change ahead of qualifying.

Given that Vettel’s gearbox failed to complete the required six events before it can be replaced freely, he will receive a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

Marcus Ericsson will also receive a penalty after his gearbox was changed, but given he is unlikely to take part in qualifying after his FP3 crash, the Swede will start last anyway.