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Starting grid - Russia 2014 // Gearbox penalties hit hard at the Sochi Autodrom

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Magnussen circulating the Sochi track
Credit: McLaren Mercedes

Three drivers have taken grid drops this weekend due to a gearbox change occurring before their required six races have been completed. Nico Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have both dropped back from their qualifying positions - a particular disappointment for the McLaren driver as they've shown increased pace this weekend.

Pastor Maldonado also drops back five places, a hangover from his ten place power unit penalty from Japan. He only qualified 20th, so doesn't actually move anywhere - thankfully the penalty won't continue rolling on to the USA.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:38.51318
2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:38.71318
3Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:38.92023
4Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:39.12122
5Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:39.27727
6Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:39.63521
7Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:39.70925
8Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:39.77126
9Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:40.02027
10Sebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:40.05213
11Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Mercedes1:39.62921
12Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:40.16313
13Esteban GutiérrezSauber F1 Team1:40.53618
14Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team1:40.98418
15Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:41.39718
16Marcus EricssonCaterham F1 Team1:42.6489
17Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:40.05816
18Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:43.0648
19Kamui KobayashiCaterham F1 Team1:43.1669
20Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:43.64910
21Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:43.2055
  • 5 places. Nico Hülkenberg - The gearbox of car 27 has been changed before 6 consecutive events have expired.
  • 5 places. Kevin Magnussen - The gearbox of car 20 has been changed before 6 consecutive events have expired.
  • 5 places. Max Chilton - The gearbox of car 4 has been changed before 6 consecutive events have expired.
  • 5 places. Pastor Maldonado - Remainder of 10 place grid penalty - Additional sixth power unit element used (ICE) during Japanese Grand Prix.

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