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Hulkenberg hit with grid penalty for gearbox change

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Nico Hulkenberg stopped at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix © Sutton Images

Nico Hulkenberg faces a five-place grid drop from wherever he qualifies at the Russian Grand Prix after the gearbox on his Force India was changed.

Hulkenberg pulled up at the end of the pit lane on the final lap of the Japanese Grand Prix with the problem. However, with the race ending under a red flag, the results were taken from the end of the previous lap meaning Hulkenberg was classified eighth.

If the gearbox issue had seen him retire from the grand prix then he would not have been penalised, but the result in Suzuka means the gearbox change was made before its sixth consecutive event, which is how long a gearbox is required to last under the regulatons.

"[Hulkenberg] did finish the last race in Suzuka and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive events expired," read FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer's report. "Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 28.6a of the 2014 Formula One Sporting Regulations."

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