Championship leader Nico Rosberg may face a grid penalty in Hungarian Grand Prix, as the Mercedes will not be able to determine whether they will need to fit a new gearbox to his car following his problems at the British Grand Prix. If he adapt a new gearbox in Hungary would lead to a five-place grid penalty for the race.
At the end of British GP, Rosberg’s Mercedes W07 suffered a failure in his transmission. The exact nature of this failure is not yet clear but the radio communication reveals that, the car stick in 7th gear.
Radio messages from the Mercedes helped him crossed the line in second position, but he handed a 10-second time penalty for breaking Formula 1’s team radio rules.
The German had previously incurred a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change in the Austrian GP, following a rear suspension failure due to unusually high loading at full throttle on a kerb in the exit of Turn 2 in the free practice three.
The existing gearbox, which was fitted as a replacement in Austria, is due to last until the end of the Italian Grand Prix.
If repairs made to the gearbox are unsuccessful, Rosberg would be given a five-place grid penalty for the race because the team would need to change the gearbox. It will be particularly hard as overtaking is so difficult at the Hungarian Grand Prix.