Spanish Grand Prix – Williams’ George Russell will take a five place grid penalty for the race in Barcelona, due to needing a new gearbox.
The Williams driver brought out the red flags late in the final practice session at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. Driving through Turn 4, Russell lost the rear of his FW42 and spun off into the gravel. Colliding with the tyre barriers backwards, his car was beached in the gravel. While able to clamber out, the session was red flagged and ended prematurely.
As a result of the incident, the FIA have since confirmed since FP3 that Williams have needed to fit the car with a new gearbox.
This is outside of the permitted six consecutive events that the rules dictate, meaning that Russell will be forced to take a five place grid penalty in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session.
While unfortunate, it’s unlikely to make little difference to his overall starting position. Williams continue to struggle for pace, and he will be squabbling with teammate Robert Kubica over the last two positions on the grid, having finished P19 in final practice.