Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg could suffer a grid penalty for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Mercedes engineers decide wether or not they need to install a new gearbox in his car.
If Rosberg’s car does need a new gearbox, then the German will face a five place grid penalty for the Hungarian Grand Prix, a setback which he does not need with teammate Lewis Hamilton only one point behind in the Driver’s Championship.
At the end of last weekend’s British Grand Prix, Rosberg’s car suffered a transmission failure, and what that failure exactly was is still unknown, however the car would stick in seventh gear. He was able to rectify this with the help of radio messages from his engineers to the extent that he was able to complete the race, however he received a ten-second time penalty for the help that he received, which put him into third place after the race, promoting Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to second.
Rosberg has previously faced a five place grid penalty during the Austrian Grand Prix, also for an unscheduled gearbox change, following a failure of his rear suspension in the free practice sessions.
The German’s current gearbox is the one that was installed in Austria, and engineers are doing everything they can to rectify the problem in time, however if they are unable to, Rosberg will suffer from the five-place grid penalty. This will be particularly unfortunate at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as it has gained a reputation for being difficult to overtake there.