Date published: November 10 2018
Esteban Ocon has become the second driver to pick up a five-place grid drop for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Following the conclusion of FP2 at Interlagos on Friday, where Ocon finished in the top 10, Force India confirmed that they have chosen to change his gearbox as a precautionary measure.
Ocon’s previous gearbox has not completed six races and so a five-place grid penalty will be enforced.
He joins Daniel Ricciardo in falling down the order as the Aussie has also got a five-place grid penalty to overcome for taking on his sixth turbocharger of his wretched season.
Lewis Hamilton, Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen are also racing with new gearboxes in Brazil but they are all penalty-free swaps.
Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz are also free to take on new gearboxes without penalty due to their respective DNFs in Mexico.
Force India are trying to leapfrog McLaren for P6 in the Constructors’ Championship before the end of the season. The current gap is 15 points.