Massa drops 5 places on grid for Gearbox change

Felipe Massa has been dropped 5 places on the grid due to a gearbox penalty.

The Ferrari driver was called to the stewards last night but was let off without a mention of what they were investigating, However, Ferrari have now broken the seal on the gearbox, which means an automatic 5-place penalty, even though they won’t actually change the gearbox. As a result, his team-mate will start on the clean side of the grid.

This is crucial to the championship as Fernando Alonso will be promoted to P7, and the clean side of the grid. This is arguably a strategic move by Ferrari as it will benefit Alonso. It is suggested that starting on the dirty side of the grid will drop a driver by a full two rows with lack of grip.

Romain Grosjean was also penalised yesterday for changing his gearbox between FP3 and Qualifying. He was demoted from 4th to 9th (And will now start 8th).

Grid for the race:
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Mark Webber
4. Kimi Raikkonen
5. Michael Schumacher
6. Nico Hulkenberg
7. Fernando Alonso
8. Romain Grosjean
9. Pastor Maldonado
10. Bruno Senna
11. Felipe Massa
12. Jenson Button
13. Paul di Resta
14. Jean-Eric Vergne
15. Sergio Perez
16. Kamui Kobayashi
17. Nico Rosberg
18. Daniel Ricciardo
19. Timo Glock
20. Charles Pic
21. Vitaly Petrov
22. Heikki Kovalainen
23. Pedro de la Rosa
24. Narain Karthikeyan


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