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Palmer to take gearbox grid penalty

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Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 at Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian

As expected, Jolyon Palmer is set to drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix after Renault changed the gearbox on his car ahead of the race.

Palmer qualified tenth, having failed to set a Q3 time after his transmission failed at the start of Saturday’s top-ten shootout. The Briton is now expected to start 15th thanks to a five-place penalty for the unscheduled gearbox replacement.

Five other drivers have already had grid penalties applied: 65 places for McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne after a new gearbox and multiple power unit element changes; five places for Williams’ Felipe Massa for ignoring yellow flags in FP3; five apiece for Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein due to unscheduled gearbox changes; and 20 for Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat for using several new power unit elements.

The provisional grid now looks like this: Hamilton, Vettel; Bottas, Raikkonen; Verstappen, Ricciardo; Hulkenberg, Perez; Ocon, Alonso; Grosjean, Magnussen; Sainz, Palmer; Stroll, Massa; Ericsson, Wehrlein; Kvyat, Vandoorne.

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