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||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid||1:47.197|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid||1:47.655|
|3.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37||1:48.537|
|4.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B||1:48.599|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11||1:48.639|
|6.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37||1:48.685|
|7.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||1:48.754|
|8.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T||1:48.825|
|9.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||1:48.561||Penalty|
|10.||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10||1:49.771|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B||1:49.121|
|12.||Daniil Kvyat||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11||1:49.228|
|13.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34||1:49.586|
|14.||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34||1:49.952|
|15.||Will Stevens||Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B||1:52.948|
|16.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T||no time||Penalty|
|17.||Roberto Merhi||Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B||1:53.099|
|18.||Max Verstappen||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10||no time||Penalty|
|19.||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda MP4-30||1:50.978||Penalty|
|20.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda MP4-30||1:51.420||Penalty|
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