New engine and gearbox for back-row Vettel
18 Sep 2016 - 14:31
Singapore: Sebastian Vettel will take his place on the back row of the Singapore Grand Prix grid Sunday with a new engine and gearbox in his Ferrari following his nightmare qualifying.
The four-time world champion and Singapore victor 12 months ago qualified in last place on Saturday night after a right-rear suspension link failed, lifting his front left wheel off the street circuit tarmac.
Already 22nd and last in the field, Ferrari decided to exploit a loophole in the rules and change both his engine and gearbox for new units and thus negate the grid penalties for doing so.
Vettel incurs a 20-place grid penalty for fitting a sixth engine change this season and a further five for the new gearbox which are ultimately meaningless as they will be used in Sunday's race.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton incurred a 55-place grid penalty which put him on the back of the Belgian Grand Prix grid last month for changing his engine and other components but still managed to finish third.