Nico Rosberg has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for his home race at Germany after his Mercedes team was forced to perform an emergency gearbox change.
The team performed the change after Friday’s second practice session – in which Rosberg was second-fastest overall – with the fault having been discovered after his poor run to fifteenth in the British Grand Prix.
Rosberg will now start up to five places lower than wherever he manages to qualify in Saturday’s qualifying session.
He joins Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean in incurring the same penalty for the same offence.
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