Raikkonen handed grid penalty following gearbox change


Kimi Raikkonen is the latest driver to suffer a grid penalty at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend after being forced to change the gearbox on his Ferrari between qualifying and the race.

The Scuderia Ferrari initially stopped on track during the second part of qualifying in Belgium, and had been set to start fourteenth on the grid as a result, but the gearbox penalty means he will take a five-place penalty.

Due to penalties for other drivers, this only corresponds to a two-place drop on the grid, with the Finn starting sixteenth in-between the two Manor F1 Team drivers.

Will Stevens will start fifteenth ahead of Raikkonen and Roberto Merhi, with Max Verstappen eighteenth following his engine change on his Scuderia Toro Rosso, while McLaren-Honda duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start right at the back following their double engine changes this weekend.

Coupled with Romain Grosjean’s five-place penalty for his own gearbox change on his Lotus, stewards have issued out a total of 125 place-grid penalties this weekend.