5 place grid penalty for Sergio Perez

Marina Bay, Singapore

Singapore Grand Prix – Sergio Perez has been given a five place grid penalty as a result of a gearbox change after brushing the wall in FP3.

Sergio Perez has been given a five place grid penalty for Sunday’s race in Singapore, following a gearbox change after FP3.

The Mexican driver clipped the wall exiting Turn 21 halfway through the FP3 session, knocking his right rear wheel askew. While he was able to get the car back into the pits, its emerged that his gearbox was damaged in the incident and Racing Point had to rush to change it ahead of qualifying.

As a result of the change with his race gearbox having been fitted for Saturday, he will serve a five place grid penalty from whatever position he qualifies in on Saturday night.

Daniil Kvyat also had to make changes ahead of qualifying, after Toro Rosso suffered an oil leak on his Honda power unit during FP3. However, he was fitted out with another power unit from his existing pool. This means he won’t be hit with any grid penalty.

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