Romain Grosjean will take a five-place grid penalty for next weekend’s German Grand Prix, after his Lotus F1 team was forced to perform an unscheduled gearbox change on his car following the British Grand Prix.
The Frenchman endured a tough race weekend at Silverstone, spinning out in qualifying (pictured above) and suffering first-lap damage that dropped him to the back of the field.
He staged a hard-charging recovery drive, and climbed up the order to finish an impressive sixth, right in the wheeltracks of team-mate Kimi Räikkönen. The result was all the more impressive given that his gearbox woes came on the final lap.
“It was a gearbox problem and we are very fortunate that Romain didn’t have the problem earlier in the race,” Lotus technical director James Allison said.
“Unfortunately for Romain it means he’ll take a five place grid penalty at Hockenheim, but he certainly showed at Silverstone that dropping down the order won’t stop him challenging at the sharp end.”