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Giovinazzi issued grid penalty following gearbox change

  • Published on 12 Jul 2020 11:54
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Antonio Giovinazzi has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Styrian Grand Prix after his team replaced his gearbox following qualifying.

The Italian crashed at the end of Q1 after running wide at Turn 9 and losing control of his car amid wet conditions.

Giovinazzi hit the wall with the rear of his Alfa Romeo and after an inspection, it was decided that a fresh gearbox was needed.

Drivers are permitted to use a race gearbox for six events before they change it out for a new one penalty-free, but as Giovinazzi's swap falls outside the regulations, the stewards have dished him a grid drop.

Giovinazzi was in the drop zone when he crashed and ended qualifying in 19th place, only ahead of Romain Grosjean who failed to set a lap time during the session.

Last weekend, Giovinazzi managed to see the chequered flag in ninth place, securing his fifth top ten career finish in F1.

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