Hamilton gets gearbox penalty for Sunday’s race

Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place grid penalty for this weekends race in Austria after changing his race gearbox due to damage.

The Mercedes driver has made an unscheduled change outside of the six-race limit, after incurring damage during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The team have known about the issue since Tuesday according to FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer, who referred the matter to the stewards today.

“The above driver did finish the last race in Baku and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive events expired,” says the official FIA notice. “As this is not in compliance with article 23.5a of the 2017 Formula 1 sporting regulations, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

“The team informed the technical delegate about the gearbox change on Tuesday, 04th July 2017, at 11:29 hours.”

Hamilton was quickest in both practice sessions today, coming into this weekend 14 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

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