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Grid penalty for Giovinazzi after gearbox change

Grid penalty for Giovinazzi after gearbox change

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Grid penalty for Giovinazzi after gearbox change

Grid penalty for Giovinazzi after gearbox change

Antonio Giovinazzi will start at the back of the grid for the Styrian Grand Prix, the Italian slapped with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Italian Giovinazzi made light contact with the turn-nine barriers during the first qualifying session on Saturday, a session he failed to escape from, and the Alfa Romeo team has elected to take a grid penalty for replacing the potentially damaged gearbox.

With Giovinzzai having qualified 19th of the 20 runners, the penalty will have a minimal effect on his race.

Speaking after qualifying, Giovinazzi said, “It’s been a difficult session, even though at the beginning of the session we were really strong.

"We needed something special on the final lap, I tried to push as much as I could to get the position but unfortunately I went onto the kerb at the second last corner, lost the rear a little bit and that was it.

"It’s a shame as I was improving my time by nearly a second and I think I would have made it to Q2."

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