Kimi Räikkönen has become the fifth driver to earn a grid penalty for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix following Ferrari’s decision to change the Finn’s gearbox ahead of the race.

Räikkönen suffered an apparent loss of drive during the second phase of qualifying; he was classified as the fourteenth-fastest qualifier overall despite having not posted a time in that session.

Ferrari subsequently diagnosed the stoppage as being caused by a loss of oil pressure in the gearbox, which damaged a number of internal components. That left the team with little choice but to replace it, earning him a five-place grid penalty.

In accordance with Article 28.6 of the FIA Sporting Regulations, each gearbox must last for six consecutive Grands Prix before it can be replaced.

Räikkönen, however, won’t take the full five-place grid penalty, and will instead drop just two spots as a result of previous penalties handed out to Max Verstappen (ten-places for an engine change) and the two McLaren drivers (105 places all up for multiple power unit changes).

Fourth-fastest qualifier Romain Grosjean was issued with a similar five-place grid penalty.


2015 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Final Starting Grid
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time
1. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:47.197
2. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:47.655
3. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:48.537
4. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B 1:48.599
5. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:48.639
6. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:48.685
7. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:48.754
8. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:48.825
9. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:48.561 Penalty
10. Carlos Sainz Jr. es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:49.771
11. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B 1:49.121
12. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:49.228
13. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:49.586
14. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:49.952
15. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B 1:52.948
16. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T no time Penalty
17. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B 1:53.099
18. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 no time Penalty
19. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:50.978 Penalty
20. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:51.420 Penalty

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