Kvyat set to receive British GP grid penalty for gearbox change

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia AlphaTauri and Russia during practice for

Daniil Kvyat’s British Grand Prix is set to get a little more challenging – well, around five grid places more challenging to be precise – with the Russian driver set to receive a penalty after changing his gearbox at Silverstone.

Both Kvyat and his AlphaTauri team mate Pierre Gasly had the gearboxes changed on their AT01 machines as the Silverstone weekend got under way.

But while Gasly failed to finish the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out and was therefore eligible to change his gearbox, Kvyat did finish and so wasn't, given that he hadn’t used his gearbox for six consecutive events, as the rules state.

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That will mean a five-place grid drop for the Russian for Sunday’s British Grand Prix – which could make for a tough afternoon, considering that Kvyat has yet to make it into Q3 so far this year.

At least he’d been happy with his AT01’s performance on Friday, however, saying that it had been “a productive day… I think we worked on a good number of things and I was also quite pleased with the balance of the car today, so we have to analyse everything tonight and see what we can do to improve more tomorrow.”

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