Rosberg Receives Grid Penalty for Gearbox Change Following FP3 Crash

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Nico Rosberg has received a five-place grid penalty after a crash in FP3 forced the Mercedes team to change his gearbox.

Rosberg enjoyed a banner Friday after dominating both the first and second practice sessions, but halfway through Saturday’s final practice he suffered suspension failure that sent him into the wall off the Turn 2 exit.

The team confirmed that the mechanical failure happened at full throttle under “an unusually high load” on the exit of the curb.

The German currently leads defending Formula 1 champion and teammate Lewis Hamilton by 24 points and is aiming for his third win in succession at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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