Palmer drops to 15th after gearbox change

2017 Belgian Grand Prix

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Jolyon Palmer’s Belgian Grand Prix weekend has been dealt a blow after Renault were forced to change his gearbox, resulting in him taking a five place grid penalty.

Palmer originally qualified tenth on the grid after making it into Q3 for only the second time this season, but was unable to set a laptime after he was forced to pull of circuit with a gearbox problem.

Stewards confirmed that Renault had changed the gearbox on Palmer’s car and as it had not completed the required six grands prix, he will be demoted to 15th on the grid.

Palmer will line up ahead of Felipe Massa, Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Daniil Kvyat and Stoffel Vandoorne, who have all received grid penalties for a variety of technical and driving-related issues.

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4 comments on “Palmer drops to 15th after gearbox change”

  1. No point in Jolyon ever buying a lottery ticket..

    1. Why not he lucked in to F1 where he clearly doesnt belong.

  2. I read on Twitter that he’s 14th with Vandoorne’s penalty applied at the same time.

    1. @hunocsi Exactly! The FIA says this:

      The provisional grid now looks like this: Hamilton, Vettel; Bottas, Raikkonen; Verstappen, Ricciardo; Hulkenberg, Perez; Ocon, Alonso; Grosjean, Magnussen; Sainz, Palmer; Stroll, Massa; Ericsson, Wehrlein; Kvyat, Vandoorne.

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