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Vettel evades gearbox damage in Stroll shunt

Following an investigation, Ferrari has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox did not sustain damage in his post-race tangle with Williams’ Lance Stroll at the Malaysia Grand Prix.

Vettel and Stroll collided at Turn 5 on their lap back to the pits on Sunday, with the Ferrari sustaining significant left-rear suspension damage. It was suspected that Vettel’s gearbox may have also suffered damage in the incident.

With gearbox’s being required to complete six consecutive races before teams are permitted to introduce a new unit, Vettel faced the prospect of a five-place grid penalty at the next race in Japan.

Following an investigation at Ferrari’s Maranello base, the team has confirmed that he will be able to use the same gearbox at Suzuka and will therefore avoid a penalty.

Vettel’s collision with Stroll was investigated by the stewards, who deemed that no further action was warranted. Both drivers were, however, advised to demonstrate further caution in the future when en route to the pit-lane at the conclusion of a race.

Power unit dramas on Saturday meant that Vettel started the race from last on the grid, but a determined drive saw him climb to a fourth-place finish before the incident with Stroll.

Vettel heads to Japan with a 34 point deficit versus championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who finished second in Malaysia.



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