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No gearbox penalty for Sebastian Vettel in Japan

  • Published on 05 Oct 2017 09:31
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Sebastian Vettel's Japanese grand prix weekend has started well. After Ferrari's horror outing in Malaysia last week, Vettel headed to Suzuka under a cloud due to his bizarre post-race crash with Lance Stroll.

The team had sent the German driver's gearbox back to Maranello, fearing a replacement would cost Vettel five penalty places on the grid this Sunday. But Ferrari says the gearbox is in fact "still available" to use in Japan. "Only the outer casing of the gearbox was damaged," a Ferrari source told us. "That can be replaced without a penalty." The source added: "It's our best news for weeks."

But another piece of good news for Ferrari is that the carbon connections for the turbo units were also sent back to Maranello for checks, following two near-identical failures that cost both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in Malaysia. The parts have reportedly been reinforced for Japan, with the changes also not incurring penalties because they were completed purely for reliability. (GMM)

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  • Thank you FIA! Keep the fight on the track!

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    • Oct 5 2017 - 09:54
  • Savio

    Posts: 145

    I hate Vettel. He will never be the second Michael Schumacher..

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    • Oct 5 2017 - 13:41
    • No he wont, but he is arguably the best driver on the grid. Lets be honest: I doubt we'll see a second Schumi in our lifetime.

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      • Oct 5 2017 - 17:55
  • Savio

    Posts: 145

    Of course You might be right Calle but i think Alonso, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Verstappen and...Kubica are better ; ) I don't like Vettel especially for his bad behaviour on track, vulgar language fe. in Team radio and endless complains for everything...

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    • Oct 5 2017 - 18:48
    • Fair enough, but by that logic, shouldnt Hamilton the lawnmowing bouncer be eliminated from that list? :P As for Kubica... We dont really know how good he is, and sadly I doubt he will be in his prime if he does return.

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      • Oct 5 2017 - 19:37
    • Savio

      Posts: 145

      If in F1 are paydrivers, Kubica all the more deserves to his chance.

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      • Oct 5 2017 - 20:00

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