Sebastian Vettel has revealed he will face a grid penalty for the United States Grand Prix. The German will receive a completely new power source from Aston Martin, which means that he has to start the race in Austin from the back of the grid.
It had been clear for some time that Vettel would most likely have to have an extra power source fitted. The Aston Martin driver’s car came to a stop at Circuit Zandvoort during the first free practice for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. The session was then stopped for more than half an hour, because the car remained under power, so that it could not be moved.
With Aston Martin’s engine change, it is the fourth consecutive race that a Mercedes-powered car has been given a grid penalty for using extra engine parts. Valtteri Bottas received a grid penalty in both Italy and Russia, while Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo had to take a grid penalty in Turkey. Hamilton only got a new engine from his team, so didn’t need any other new components, while Ricciardo and Bottas had to have several parts replaced.
Vettel expects difficult weekend in Texas
“I think we are going to have a difficult weekend,” Vettel told the media. “We change the bike and therefore get a penalty. We’ll see what we can do. Nevertheless, I think we can be strong here. How strong, we’ll have to wait and see. You can overtake here, so I think it’s a good is the place to do this hope we have a nice sunday afternoon and get back in to blend.”