Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will have his work cut out for him in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi circuit as the German has been handed a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.
The news compounded the four time world champions day as he was forced to miss an hour of FP2 following a suspected electrical issue with his SF16-H.
Speaking following the opening day in Russia, Vettel commented by saying:
Looks like we had an electric problem, but I am sure we can fix it. Still, it is a shame, because now we are lacking some laps, especially in the long runs on race trims, which would have allowed us to see how competitive we are. But Kimi did the homework for the team, so it is not too bad. Also, here in Russia we know roughly what to expect. I think we can still learn a lot from what other people did. In Qualifying trim we still have some stuff to improve. I think the car was getting better though. The track was quite dirty in the morning and then during the day it came more towards us. I felt happier as the day continued, it’s true that for the race we are lacking a bit of information, but we will see tomorrow morning, when we have another practice session.