Hamilton gets new gearbox in Russia, just like Verstappen

24-09-2021 17:34 | Updated: 24-09-2021 19:01
by GPblog.com
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Hamilton gets new gearbox in Russia, just like Verstappen

Max Verstappen has not only had a completely new engine installed in his RB16B; our countryman will also get a new gearbox. Verstappen is not the only driver in this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, as Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton will also receive a new gearbox.

Neither Verstappen nor Hamilton finished the previous race (the Italian GP), so according to FIA regulations they can have a new gearbox fitted without incurring a grid penalty. It wouldn't have made much difference to Verstappen anyway, as he will start from the back of the grid.

Gasly will also get a new gearbox 'for free'. The AlphaTauri driver has a different reason for this however. The current number nine in the world championship has used his gearbox in six consecutive GP's and even then a change is not accompanied by a penalty.

New gearboxes for three F1 drivers

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