Sebastian Vettel will be transferred back to the starting position by five places on Saturday after qualifying for the UK Grand Prix in Silverstone.
The Ferrari pilot had to change the gears of his bolt due to a defect in the third Free Training in the morning, as the FIA announced shortly before the start of the battle for the starting positions. Although he had dragged himself back to the box, the Scuderia had no choice but to switch.
Particularly annoying: Vettel had already been punished for the same reason during the last race in Spielberg. Even if he gets the pole position, Vettel would start from starting position six in the race.
Marcus Ericsson will also get a five-seater penalty for gear change pummeled up his fierce crash in finals training made it necessary. However, it is still unclear whether the clean driver will be able to participate in the qualification at all. First, his car was badly damaged in the accident at the exit of the Stowe curve and would have to be rebuilt in windrows. Secondly, the Swede was taken to a hospital in Oxford to undergo medical checks. The doctors have to give Ericsson the green light for an operation.