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Grid drop for Raikkonen after late gearbox change

23 Aug 2015

The technical problems experienced by Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying at Spa-Franchorchamps have prompted the Ferrari team to replace the gearbox on his car. The unscheduled change means a five-place grid penalty for the Finn.

Raikkonen ground to halt during Saturday’s Q2 session in Belgium, reporting over the radio that something was broken. The failure left him stranded 14th on the timesheet and, with other drivers' penalties taken into account, he now moves back to 16th on the grid, his gearbox having not completed the required six-race cycle.

With all penalties applied, the final grid is as follows:

Hamilton, Rosberg; Bottas, Perez; Ricciardo, Massa; Maldonado, Vettel; Grosjean, Sainz; Hulkenberg, Kvyat; Ericsson, Nasr; Stevens, Raikkonen; Merhi, Verstappen; Button, Alonso.