Bottas set for five-place grid penalty at Silverstone after gearbox change

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Valtteri Bottas is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s British Grand Prix after his Mercedes Formula 1 team was forced to change the gearbox on his car.

Bottas led both FP1 and FP2 for Mercedes at Silverstone on Friday, but his hopes of a second straight win following last Sunday’s victory in Austria have been dashed after the team confirmed his gearbox had been damaged.

The Finn’s gearbox has not reached the end of its required life cycle, meaning he will drop five places on the grid following the change, just as teammate Lewis Hamilton did in Austria.

“I can confirm that Valtteri will be taking a new gearbox this weekend and therefore incurring a five-place grid penalty,” a spokesperson from Mercedes said.

“His gearbox was damaged in the same way as Lewis’ but less severely, and we had hoped to coax it to the end of the cycle. However, we have not been able to do so.

“The cause of the damage is understood and now behind us, just as for Lewis’ problem.”