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Rosberg hit by gearbox grid penalty 20 Jul 2012

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Practice, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Practice, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2012

Nico Rosberg will drop five places on the grid for Sunday's German Grand Prix, after Mercedes were forced to replace the gearbox on his car. Rosberg finished seventh on the Practice Two timesheets at Hockenheim on Friday afternoon.

"Unfortunately we have to change my race gearbox here as a precaution after discovering an issue after Silverstone,” explained the German. “So I will receive a five-place penalty which is a shame for our home race but I will push hard to gain a good result. As we have seen this season, a lot can happen in the race."

Rosberg isn’t the only driver to have already incurred a five-place grid penalty in Germany. Lotus have also changed the box of Romain Grosjean’s car after spotting a transmission issue on the Frenchman’s final lap at Silverstone.

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