Grosjean set for Monza grid penalty after gearbox change

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Romain Grosjean is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza after the Haas Formula 1 team was forced to change the gearbox on his car following practice.

Grosjean’s final practice session was cut short on Saturday morning after a spin at the Ascari chicane that left his Haas VF-16 car beached in the gravel.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed following FP3 that the gearbox had been changed on Grosjean’s car earlier than permitted, prompting the stewards to hand the Frenchman a five-place grid drop.

Grosjean has enjoyed a strong debut season with NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ eponymous F1 operation, scoring all 28 of its points so far. Haas F1 chief Guenther Steiner confirmed on Friday that the team plans to retain Grosjean for 2017.

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday.