Ferrari has yet to score a win this season and it may have just hit another setback, with Motorsport reporting Sebastian Vettel may need a gearbox change ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The Maranello-based team is reportedly conducting an investigation of Vettel’s gearbox in his SF16-H, with the team worried it may have suffered damage at the European Grand Prix at Baku.
Ferrari is hoping to have an answer by Friday. If the team does need to change the gearbox, Vettel would incur a five-place grid penalty at Austria.
The team is bringing along various upgrades to Spielberg, Ferrari’s Head of Race Activities Jock Clear revealed Thursday.
“As always, we try to approach these Grand Prix races with new parts, new updates, new setups, specifically designed with the difficulties of each track,” Clear said. “Austria is a very simple track with only five real corners and some good straights. So, it is a balance of power circuit with the downforce circuit. In terms of technical challenge it’s one of the shortest tracks, so that all the very small details make slightly a more significant impact on your lap time.”