It was announced on Friday that Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix after Ferrari elected to change his gearbox.
It is believed the gearbox sustained damage in his collision with F1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 1 at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix.
Following practice and investigations in Russia, Ferrari has decided to change the unit. It was a difficult day on Friday for Vettel who stopped on track 30 minutes into the second session with an electrical problem and did not return.
In an interview with the media shortly after FP2, Vettel believes it was an electrical problem that stopped him on track and is hoping he and Ferrari learn from this experience. Vettel said the following:-
‘It looks like we had an electronics problem which is a bit of a shame because we’re lacking a couple of laps, especially the long run and race trim to see how competitive we are. Kimi did the homework for the team so [it’s] not too bad. Also in Sochi, we know roughly what to expect so we can still learn a lot from what other people did.’