Albon and Latifi get Russian GP grid penalties for brand spanking new gearboxes
Alex Albon will begin the Russian Grand Prix from fifteenth place and Nicholas Latifi the again of the grid after each wanted new gearboxes.
Altering a gearbox earlier than six consecutive occasions have been accomplished comes with an automated five-place grid penalty, and each Purple Bull and Williams have had to take action forward of Sunday’s race. Albon had initially certified in tenth place however on Saturday afternoon admitted he was perplexed by the 1.2-second hole to his teammate Max Verstappen, who’s second on the grid.
“It didn’t really feel horrible in Q1 and Q2, and it simply appeared like individuals round made a leap,” Albon stated. “I didn’t actually have it, didn’t really feel like I had a lot left, to be trustworthy. A little bit of head scratching going as a result of the laps didn’t really feel horrible. After all, there are nonetheless a few tenths to search out right here and there, however clearly the hole is sort of large. So a bit complicated and a few work to do.”
The penalty drops Albon to fifteenth place however he nonetheless has to begin the race on the gentle tires he certified on in Q2 as he superior to Q3.
For Latifi, Williams says it found an issue together with his gearbox “following an information inspection post-qualifying,” with the Canadian rookie solely dropping one place on the grid having initially certified in nineteenth place.