New engine and gearbox for back-row Vettel

 18 Sep 2016 - 14:31

Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel's car is seen after he retired from the qualifying session in Singapore on September 17, 2016, ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix night race. / AFP / POOL / Jeremy LEE


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.

AFP