Hulkenberg, Chilton, and Magnussen Take Grid Penalties For Gearbox Changes

Nico Hulkenberg, Max Chilton, and Kevin Magnussen will all take five-place grid penalties in tomorrows race, after they elected to change their gearboxes over the course of the weekend.

As a result Hulkenberg who was the first to breach Article 28.6 of the Sporting Regulations which states that a driver must take a penalty if they change their gearbox before six consecutive events has expired, will drop down to P17 tomorrow, whilst Magnussen will drop down to P11. Max Chilton meanwhile will serve his grid penalty at the next event, since he starts from last place in tomorrows race.

Also starting with a penalty will be Pastor Maldonado, who carries over his five-place grid penalty from Japan after he used his sixth Power Unit component in the form of the Internal Combustion Unit during that weekend – a story we expect to see crop up throughout the final couple of races as the Power Units start to reach the end of their lifespan.

Update – Pastor Maldonado will also take a further five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox under Parc Ferme this morning, which means he will drop down one position and carry the other nine over to Austin in three weeks time.

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