Romain Grosjean is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s German Grand Prix after a gearbox change on Saturday morning.
Grosjean has led the new Haas Formula 1 operation’s charge in its debut season, scoring all 28 of its championship points thus far.
The Frenchman arrived in Germany hopeful of ending Haas’ difficult run of form, the team having recorded just one top-10 finish in the past seven races.
However, his challenge looks set to become all the more daunting after Haas was forced to change the gearbox on his VF-16 car during FP3.
FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed in his report that Grosjean’s existing gearbox had not completed the six consecutive events required before a change is permitted, prompting the matter to be referred to the stewards.
Grosjean will therefore drop five places on the grid from wherever he qualifies later today at Hockenheim.
Qualifying for the German Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday.