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Published: 12:27 | 2/7/16

Rosberg & Vettel handed penalty


Championship leader Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel have been handed a five-place grid penalty following final practice for the Austria Grand Prix,

Mercedes tweeted after final practice that Rosberg will take a five-place grid penalty "for a gear-box change", and that his Turn 2 crash was because his left-rear wishbone failed after "an unusually high load at full throttle".

Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff later confirmed: “The loads were extremely high and then the upper suspension broke. We discussed whether to send Lewis out or not but then we decided to do it and (told him to) try to stay off the kerb a little bit and it was OK.”

He later added that Mercedes need to investigate the problem ahead of final qualifying: "If you want to qualify at the front you need to go over the kerbs. so we need to strengthen the suspension."

The FIA also confirmed Vettel's penalty for changing a gearbox ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

"The driver did finish the last race in Baku and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive events expired,” read the technical delegate’s report.

“Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 23.6a of the 2016 Formula One Sporting Regulations."

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