Raikkonen to start from 16th after penalty

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen will start from 16th position at the Belgian Grand Prix after Ferrari fitted a new gearbox to his SF15-T overnight.

Raikkonen stopped on track during Q2 and was provisionally set to start the race from 14th on the grid.

However, a five place grid penalty will be applied, meaning that he drops down the order.

The impact of Raikkonen's sanction is limited and he will only drop behind Felipe Nasr and Will Stevens.

This is because the FIA imposes an infinite number of grid positions for any penalties, meaning that Max Verstappen drops to 25th place, Jenson Button to 67th and Fernando Alonso to 73rd.

As they cannot start the race from such positions, they are all shuffled forwards, meaning that Raikkonen is demoted to a virtual 19th place, ahead of Roberto Merhi, who qualified 20th, and the aforementioned penalised trio.

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