Grosjean has five place grid slot penalty for gearbox change

Romain Grosjean faces a five place grid slot penalty at the German Grand Prix because his Lotus team needed to change his gearbox after the British Grand Prix last weekend.

On the final lap of the race at Silverstone, Grosjean’s car was hit with an issue with his gearbox. The team analysed the issue and discovered that it needed replacing ahead of the German Grand Prix.

“It was a gearbox problem and we are very fortunate that Romain didn’t have the problem earlier in the race,” Lotus technical director James Allison explained.

“Unfortunately for Romain it means he’ll take a five place grid penalty at Hockenheim, but he certainly showed at Silverstone that dropping down the order won’t stop him challenging at the sharp end.”