Gearbox change for Chilton
As gearboxes cannot be changed for five sequential races, the British Marussia driver will have to start the Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid. Whilst Ferrari driver Felipe Massa also underwent a gearbox change (after Massa collected the wall at St. Devote during FP3), the antecedent nature of Massa’s incident means that Felipe will line-up ahead of Chilton and his Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi.
Bianchi’s own qualifying was ruined by a small engine fire; itself requiring a full engine change but escaped without penalty – outside the fact it forced the Frenchman out of Q1 and has made a dent in Bianchi’s eight engine allotment for the season.
The penalty however is a cruel blow for Chilton, who now loses an opportunity to face-off with Esteban Guttierez into turn-one and regain some much needed ground (in the perception stakes) over his team-mate Bianchi.
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Trent Price is an amateur race driver, former V8 race coach and FIA Accredited journalist from Melbourne, Australia. A former Race Editor for GP Week and contributor for ESPN, Trent is now the Editor of the WEC/Formula E magazine E-Racing; www.e-racingmag.com