Ferrari has made use of Sebastian Vettel’s miserable qualifying session in Singapore by changing a number of components on his car ahead of Sunday’s Formula 1 race.
A rear anti-roll bar failure during Q1 left Vettel 22nd on the grid for the race at Marina Bay, prompting Ferrari to trigger a number of penalties by taking new parts.
Just as Mercedes made use of Lewis Hamilton’s last-place start in Belgium to hoard extra parts for the remainder of the season, Ferrari has taken a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and gearbox on Vettel’s car ahead of the race in Singapore.
Teams are limited to using just five of these parts throughout the season, making additional parts of great use heading into the final rounds of 2016.
The FIA confirmed ahead of the race in Singapore that Ferrari had made the changes on Vettel’s car, leaving him with a 25-place grid penalty.
However, as he is due to start last anyway, the penalty will have no impact on Vettel’s starting position while freeing up additional components for the remainder of the season.
The FIA also confirmed that Haas had changed the gearbox on Romain Grosjean’s car following his qualifying crash, dropping him five places on the grid.
The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.