Vettel set for penalty after gearbox change

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Sebastian Vettel will receive a five-place grid penalty at the Austrian Grand Prix after taking a new gearbox.

Ferrari has changed Vettel's gearbox before the end of the mandatory six consecutive events, with the team saying it had reliability concerns regarding the previous gearbox.

Vettel has started from third place in each of the last two races in Canada and Azerbaijan, finishing second on both occasions. However, he will drop five places on the grid at the Red Bull Ring as a result of an automatic penalty for the gearbox change.

The FIA technical delegate's report confirmed a new gearbox had been taken, reading: "[Vettel] did finish the last race in Baku and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive Events expired. Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 23.6a of the 2016 Formula One Sporting Regulations".

Ferrari informed the FIA of its plan to use a new gearbox this weekend on Thursday. Austria will mark the first race of a new set of six consecutive events, meaning this gearbox will need to last until the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with Vettel able to take a new gearbox in Singapore.

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