Sport Albon and Latifi set for grid penalties after gearbox changes

13:20  27 september  2020
13:20  27 september  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi ’s respective afternoons in Sochi have become a little bit trickier after they were handed five-place grid penalties Red Bull’s Albon was at a loss to explain his lack of performance in qualifying, as he ended up slowest in Q3 and was set to start from 10th on the grid

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Albon and Latifi set for Russian GP grid penalties © LAT Images Albon and Latifi set for Russian GP grid penalties

Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi will both take a five place grid penalty for Sunday's Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after gearbox changes following qualifying.

Albon had been due to start the race in Sochi from 10th on the grid, but will now drop back to 15th as a result of the sanction, while Latifi will fall from 19th to 20th.

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed in his pre-race report that both Red Bull and Williams had requested the gearbox changes on Saturday night.

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Nicholas Latifi . It'll take a recovery drive from the back of the grid for Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat to score points on home soil in Russia, with the news that Meanwhile, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Alex Albon and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly will all take five-place grid drops for taking new ICEs.

Antonio Giovinazzi will start at the back of the grid for the Styrian Grand Prix, the Italian slapped with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change . With Giovinzzai having qualified 19th of the 20 runners, the penalty will have a minimal effect on his race. Speaking after qualifying, Giovinazzi said

"The gearbox has been replaced with the approval of the FIA technical delegate following a written request from the team concerned (requested on 26 September 2020 at 19:25hrs), this being in accordance with Article 34.2 of the 2020 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations," a report from Bauer read regarding Albon.

"The gearbox change was before the six consecutive Events expired. Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 23.5a of the 2020 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations and I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration."

Teams are required to make each car's gearbox last six races, but are permitted to fit a fresh one should the driver fail to finish the prior event.

a close up of a car: Albon and Latifi set for Russian GP grid penalties © LAT Images Albon and Latifi set for Russian GP grid penalties

The ruling comes as a fresh blow to Albon, who had been left puzzled by his lack of pace during qualifying as he finished over a second slower than team-mate Max Verstappen.

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Sebastian Vettel will serve a five-place grid penalty in Russia after Ferrari changed his gearbox on Friday evening. Surprise F1 podium finisher Alex Albon 's confidence never wavered. The penalty will be a blow for Ferrari, with the team introducing a new engine upgrade this weekend to close the

"It didn't feel terrible in Q1 and Q2, and it just seemed like people around made a jump," Albon said.

"I didn't really feel like I had much left to be honest. [There's] a bit of head-scratching going on, because the laps I did didn't feel terrible.

"Of course there are still in places a couple of tenths to find here and there. But yeah, obviously the gap is quite big."

Albon's penalty means that Charles Leclerc, Daniil Kvyat, Lance Stroll, George Russell and Sebastian Vettel each gain a position on the grid.

Latifi's sanction ensures that Kimi Raikkonen will not line up at the back of the field, moving up a place to 19th, as he prepares to tie Rubens Barrichello's record for the most F1 starts on Sunday.

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