Charles Pic has earned a five-place grid for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. The Frenchman’s Caterham was forced to under an unscheduled gearbox change after Friday practice at the Circuit of the Americas.
It is the second gearbox-related grid penalty handed out to the Frenchman this season, following the same penalty being issued to him at the German Grand Prix.
Given Pic has not qualified any better than 18th all season, the latest penalty will virtually assure him of a back-row qualifying position for Sunday’s race.
Pic is not the first driver to receive a grid penalty this weekend; McLaren’s Jenson Button was slapped with a three-place grid penalty for overtaking another car when the red flags were shown in Friday’s opening practice session.