Raikkonen drops down Belgian GP grid

2015-08-23 13:17
Kimi Raikkonen (AFP)

Spa-Francorchamps - Kimi Raikkonen is set to be given a five-place penalty for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, joining a clutch of other drivers on a grid that is expected to see three world champions demoted.

The 2007 champion joins Briton Jenson Button and Spaniard Fernando Alonso in taking penalties.

The Finn, who on Wednesday signed a contract to remain at Ferrari in 2016, suffered an engine problem in qualifying as he spluttered to 14th place.

The Italian team, starting their 900th Grand Prix, decided on Sunday morning to change his gearbox for the race. Owing to the penalties handed to others, he will start from 16th place.

Local hero Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was given a 10-place penalty for taking a new Renault power unit for his Toro Rosso car.

The two McLaren Honda drivers, 2009 world champion Briton Jenson Button and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, were given a penalty that added up to 105 grid positions for taking new power units.

They will start from the back of the grid with no further in-race penalties after qualifying 17th and 18th.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was also given a five-place grid penalty for taking a new gearbox for his Lotus.

The total of penalties adds up to 125 grid positions.

The revised starting grid for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix following race organisers punishments of Raikkonen and Verstappen on Sunday:

1st row

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)

2nd row

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams-Mercedes)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India-Mercedes)

3rd row

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull-Renault)

Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams-Mercedes)

4th row

Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus-Mercedes)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari)

5th row

Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus-Mercedes)

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso-Renault)

6th row

Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India-Mercedes)

Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Red Bull-Renault)

7th row

Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber-Ferrari)

Felipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber-Ferrari)

8th row

Will Stevens (GBR/Marussia-Ferrari)

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari)

9th row

Roberto Merhi (ESP/Marussia-Ferrari)

Max Verstappen (NED/Toro Rosso-Renault)

10th row

Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Honda)

Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren-Honda)

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