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Sebastian Vettel takes penalty, Lewis Hamilton expects to follow suit

Sebastian Vettel's Austrian GP campaign takes an early hit as he will drop five places down the grid due to a gearbox change.

Sebastian Vettel's Austrian Grand Prix campaign has taken an early hit as he will drop five places down the grid due to a gearbox change.

Reports indicate that metal debris was detected inside the unit and will be changed, with a Ferrari spokesman confirming the news.

"I called Sebastian to tell him and he said 'Oh crap'," said Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The better news for Ferrari is that it has reportedly taken an engine upgrade to Austria, costing one FIA token and giving a 10 horse power boost, according to Auto Motor und Sport.

"We do not have the best car or the best engine, but we know our weaknesses and we're working on it," said Vettel.

"I am convinced that we will be much closer to Mercedes in Austria than we were in Baku. As close as in Montreal or perhaps even closer."

World champion Lewis Hamilton is braced for a similar penalty setback, as he moves to some of his final engine components for the season.

"I am starting with my last engine this weekend and will have at least one race where I will start dead last - and most likely two," said the Mercedes driver.

"The worst thing is I am the only Mercedes driver to have that."

Qualifying for the Austrian race takes place this afternoon.


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