Ferrari acquire penalty for Massa, Alonso get one place advantage

Finally Ferrari make a penalty for Massa, the main consequences is Fernando Alonso get one place advantage from the starting grid for United States Grand Prix.

Massa also received five places grid penalty for Austin GP, following his car gear box change in post qualifying. The Brazilian will start from the 11th on the grid, initially he set sixth place on the starting grid.

Autosport reports that, a statement issued by the Formula 1 governing body FIA confirmed that the penalty was imposed for a gearbox seal being broken.

“The Ferrari team has broken one seal on the gearbox of car #06, driver Felipe Massa. The seal was applied on the RHS cross shaft cover.

“According to article 28.6e of the 2012 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations this is deemed as a gearbox replacement and this replacement took place before the end of five consecutive events.

“As this is not in compliance with Article 28.6 of the 2012 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, the driver should drop five places on the starting grid at this event and I am referring the matter to the stewards for their considerations.”

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