Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a five-place grid penalty at the Austrian Grand Prix due to an unscheduled gearbox change.
Despite being quickest in both practice session at the Austrian Grand Prix and setting a new lap record at the rebranded Red Bull Ring, it would seem that a new notice from the FIA have confirmed Hamilton requires a change ahead of this week’s P3 and Qualifying and so should incur a penalty according to Article 23.5 a.
Under FIA regulations gearbox is required to last six back-to-back events. It didn’t.
A document issued by the FIA tonight (Friday evening) confirmed the change. The standard penalty would be five grid positions.
We are not sure when the gearbox change happened at this stage, but we do know the FIA have stated Hamilton came to Austria fully aware of the penalty after Mercedes notified the FIA on Tuesday morning
More info will follow with time no doubt.