Sainz Jr, Magnussen receive grid penalties for European GP

by Gemma Bray

Carlos Sainz Jr and Kevin Magnussen have been given five-place grid penalties for the eighth round of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Baku following gearbox changes.

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Sainz had qualified on Saturday at the Baku City Circuit in thirteenth but now will start from eighteenth on the grid, which promotes the McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso, the Haas F1 of Esteban Gutierrez, the Sauber of Felipe Nasr and the Manor Racing of Rio Haryanto all up the grid by one place.

At the Canadian Grand Prix, Scuderia Toro Rosso was forced to swap the Spaniard’s gearbox after it was damaged when he clipped the ‘wall of champions’ at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The change in Baku will be the second Grand Prix in a row.

After a disappointing qualifying session where Magnussen finished the session in twenty-first for the European Grand Prix ahead of Renault Sport Formula 1 team-mate Jolyon Palmer. He will now start from the pitlane after receiving the penalty as he cannot take his whole penalty on the grid due to being at the back already.

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