Vandoorne penalised, revised Sochi grid

Date published: September 30 2018

Stoffel Vandoorne has become the sixth driver to be hit with a grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix after McLaren changed his gearbox ahead of the race.

Saturday’s Q2 was a farce as five drivers entered qualifying facing grid penalties.

While Fernando Alonso and Brendon Hartley didn’t make it out of Q1, Pierre Gasly, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo didn’t even put in a single lap in Q2 due their penalties.

That had a knock on effect with Renault deciding not to run as the penalties meant they would start at worst P12.

Now Vandoorne’s name has been added to the penalty list.

The Belgian racer’s MCL33 has been fitted with a new gearbox ahead of the 53-lap race, however, he’ll only fall one position due to bigger penalties for those behind.

Revised Grid
1 Bottas Mercedes
2 Hamilton Mercedes
3 Vettel Ferrari
4 Raikkonen Ferrari
5 Magnussen Haas
6 Ocon Force India
7 Leclerc Sauber
8 Perez Force India
9 Grosjean Haas
10 Ericsson Sauber
11 Sainz Renault
12 Hulkenberg Renault
13 Sirotkin Williams
14 Stroll Williams
15 Vandoorne McLaren
16 Alonso McLaren
17 Gasly Toro Rosso
18 Hartley Toro Rosso
19 Ricciardo Red Bull
20 Verstappen Red Bull

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