Rosberg will also have five-place grid penalty

2012 German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Hockenheim, 2012Nico Rosberg will take a five-place penalty on the grid for the German Grand Prix.

Mercedes found a problem with his race gearbox after the British Grand Prix and it will have to be changed.

“Unfortunately we have to change my race gearbox here as a precaution after discovering an issue after Silverstone,” said Rosberg.

“So I will receive a five-place penalty which is a shame for our home race but I will push hard to gain a good result. As we have seen this season, a lot can happen in the race.”

Romain Grosjean also has a five-place grid penalty after Lotus found a gearbox problem on his car after the previous race.

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26 comments on Rosberg will also have five-place grid penalty

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th July 2012, 16:51

    Wow. another gear box change. Isn’t it time to title contenders will suffer?

  2. OH NOOOOOOOOOO I placed Grosjean and Rosberg on the top 5 for this weekend’s prediction. Damn gearboxes!!! (That also means that Kimi, Vettel and Hamilton, my other top 5 this time, will get bad luck?… let’s see)

  3. DT (@dt) said on 20th July 2012, 17:23

    isn’t it time to get rid of this gearbox change penalty? surely there are better things to give grid penalty for than gearbox change.

    • necrodethmortem (@necrodethmortem) said on 20th July 2012, 17:41

      It feels silly, but how else are you going to enforce the gearbox rule? You can’t hand out fines, because the rule is meant as a cost-cutting measure and otherwise the rich teams will just gladly pay up. You could argue that the rule is unnecessary, because a gearbox doesn’t take that big a slice out of a teams budget, but you have to start somewhere.

      • (@necrodethmortem thanks… fixed (well it’s going to be facepalm if my erased prediction gets better than this new one)

      • DT (@dt) said on 20th July 2012, 18:23

        I’m sure there are more important cost centres that can be looked at. I’m guessing its in everyone’s interest (safety et al) that the cars have a good functioning gearbox? The rule just seems silly to me

      • I believe that the teams spend more money in ensuring the high quality of the gear boxes due to the penalty rule. I guess they will produce about 100 gear boxes (for example) and choose the best 5 out of them. When the margin for failure is very less, you will have to invest in high quality raw material, technicians, quality control procedures, high precision machines, etc. I wonder if cost cutting really happens in this situation.

      • Drop Valencia! said on 21st July 2012, 1:55

        The rule can be erased, it would simply force teams to run their “less than perfect” gearboxes, it would result in more nailbiting and more mechanical DNF’s just like in the old days, i think it would be an improvement.

    • Spinmastermic (@spinmastermic) said on 20th July 2012, 18:06

      I wish they could have 1 free change like they had with the engine regulations a few years ago. It’ll help the drivers and won’t affect cost cutting.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 20th July 2012, 18:38

      @dt it’d be better if it worked like the engines: 8 gearboxes per year and they can use them however they want. If they already used all 8 gearboxes and they need another one, then a grid penalty.

  4. schooner (@schooner) said on 20th July 2012, 17:36

    Can anyone explain to me why gearbox changes, right from 1st race of the season, are assessed with grid penalties? I just don’t get it. To me, it would make FAR more sense to set a limit on the number of new units allowed per season, then begin assessing penalties after that number is exceeded. The same as they do with engines.

    • Dezza7291 said on 20th July 2012, 17:57

      That’s exactly how it work, the gearbox has to last 4 or 5 races (can’t remember which) and any extra change gets a grid penalty.

      • marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 20th July 2012, 18:29

        Which is different to how the engine rules work! With engines, you just have eight you can use whenever you want throughout the season. Take a ninth and you have a penalty.

    • Pelican (@pelican) said on 20th July 2012, 19:10

      That would pile all the penalties up at the end of the season, which would just distort the results in a different way–it’s probably better to spread the gearbox penalties out, if you have to have them. Would teams swap new and used gearboxes in and out like they do engines if they were allowed to?

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 20th July 2012, 22:10

        That would pile all the penalties up at the end of the season

        @pelican it’s okay with the engines, and it doesn’t happen that much anyway. It’d not happen with gearboxes either.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 20th July 2012, 23:57

        @pelican, Fair point, I hadn’t thought of it that way, who cares how many penalties they get if they have already locked in the championship ?

  5. PeteF12012 said on 20th July 2012, 22:47

    Wasn’t the way the gearbox restrictions work (1 box for 5 races) a FOTA proposal rather than an FIA proposal?

    I also recall reading that it was FOTA who voted to remove the joker change (Which allowed your 1st change to go without penalty) which was in place untill this season.

  6. Gogog said on 20th July 2012, 23:53

    They analise the engine oil, looking for particles that shoundnt be in the mix, if they find them then its time for a new gear box

  7. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 21st July 2012, 5:19

    I hate this rule

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st July 2012, 8:29

    A shame but it shouldn’t upset things for him too much.

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