Formula 1

Sochi penalties for Hulkenberg and Magnussen after gearbox changes

1 Mins read

Both Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen will take five place grid penalties for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix after being forced to change their gearboxes ahead of qualifying at Sochi.

Sahara Force India driver Hulkenberg retired from the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend with a gearbox failure, and knew before the weekend that he would be taking a penalty in Russia. He was classified eighth last weekend on count back after Jules Bianchi’s crash in Japan despite stopping at the side of the road, but will move back five places on the grid after qualifying.

Danish driver Magnussen has been quick all weekend at Sochi but was also forced to change his gearbox on his McLaren Mercedes after stopping on track early in the third free practice session of the weekend on Saturday morning. His stoppage caused the session to be red flagged, and by the end of the session he had fallen down to seventeenth after failing to get a qualifying simulation run.

As well as Hulkenberg and Magnussen, Lotus F1 Team driver Pastor Maldonado will also move five places down from the position he qualifies in this afternoon to complete his engine change penalty from Japan. Maldonado missed the entire free practice session on Saturday with more mechanical gremlins on board his Lotus.

12019 posts

About author
Thirty-something motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton Leads a Mercedes 1-2 In Qualification at the Hungarian Grand Prix

2 Mins read
Hamilton lead a front row lockout for the Mercedes team ahead of the two Red Bull Racing drivers at the 2021 Hungarian GP qualification
Formula 1

George Russell ‘can handle’ being in Top Team amid Mercedes Link – Jost Capito

1 Mins read
George Russell is ready to move to a top team in Formula 1, according to his current Team Principal Jost Capito.
Formula 1

Hamilton Edges Verstappen in Final Practice at Hot Hungaroring as Schumacher Crashes

3 Mins read
Lewis Hamilton was quickest by 0.088 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen in the final free practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Leave a Reply