Sebastian Vettel will be taking a five grid-placed penalty this weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix due to a gearbox change.
It is the second time this season that the German faces this sanction after Ferrari had to take the same fate at the Russian Grand Prix which cost the four-time world champion a place on the front row.
Ferrari will be installing the new gearbox in his SF16-H racer today after issues arose with the one in Baku.
Under the current rules and regulations, a driver’s gearbox must last six consecutive races before changing them unless the driver retires after a previous race.
Vettel ended the day in free practice two taking fourth place after having spun off at the second corner gravel trap in the final moments of the 90 minute session which was later confirmed to be a brake bias issue.
Ferrari are yet to take its first victory of the season and Vettel currently sits third in the driver's championship and 45 points behind leader Nico Rosberg.
by Michael Terminello