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Raikkonen to take five-place grid penalty following gearbox change

The Finn Kimi Raikkonen will drop five-place in Sepang race grid for penalty following his Lotus gearbox change. Kimi Raikkonen finished the second practice session with fifteenth fastest lap and he said that the team had yet to show its proper pace. But, later in the evening the Lotus team tweeted that there was a trouble with the gearbox that was keeping the engineers at the circuit.

“A bit more work for Kimi’s crew this evening,” the tweet read. “An issue with Kimi’s gearbox so we’re changing it now.”

Gearbox change means an automatic five-place grid penalty. Kimi was dissatisfied with come back to Formula 1 qualifying in Australia when he was out from in Q1.


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