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Vettel to miss qualifying, gearbox penalty for Bourdais 07 Jun 2008

The wreckage of Vettel's car The Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02 of Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 7 June 2008

Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel will not participate in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix due to damage to his car sustained in Saturday morning’s practice session. Vettel went into the wall at Turn Nine, ripping the right side from his STR3.

The damage was too severe to be repaired ahead of qualifying and the team have been forced to switch Vettel to a spare chassis. As a result he will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.

Vettel’s team mate Sebastien Bourdais also collided with the same wall in practice. Although the Frenchman’s impact was nowhere near as heavy, he damaged his gearbox, which has had to be replaced. He hence incurs a five-place grid penalty.