Perez hit with grid penalty following FP3 mishap


Sergio Perez will start his Singapore Grand Prix five spots down from where he qualifies this evening as a result of a grid penalty linked to a gearbox change on his Racing Point RP19.

Perez hit the outside wall at Marina Bay's Turn 22 left-hander and while he was able to bring his car back to the pits, despite a broken right rear wheel, his Racing Point crew diagnosed a damaged gearbox.

"After our inspection we found some damage, so we had to change it," said Racing Point sporting director Andy Stevenson, quoted by

Toro Rosso's Dany Kvyat also underwent a component change following an oil leak that erupted in FP3.

Ahead of qualifying, the Faenza-based team was hard at work replacing Kvyat's power unit, although the change is penalty-free for the Russian.

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