Ferrari set for Austin grid penalties

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are set to carry 10 place grid penalties into this weekend's United States Grand Prix, after the outfit elected to use a fifth power unit in both cars.

Vettel trails Lewis Hamilton in the points by 66 points but is now likely to start from the midfield after Ferrari opted to install a fifth engine into his SF15-T.

"It has always been the plan," Vettel explained. "It is not a big secret, it is not a surprise to us.

"This shouldn't be understood as a downside because we've been pushing hard and the guys managed to make big steps in terms of performance."

The pair have a penalty as they have used up their allocated four engines per season, with sanctions being introduced once a driver takes a fifth unit.

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