Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais will enjoy the privilege of racing the brand new STR3 at this upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, the team having finally been able to build and test enough cars after the French half of the driving duo trashed the first one while testing. But unfortunately for Vettel, running the new car will also be rewarded with a five-grid slot penalty, thanks to the new four-race gearbox rules.
The new STR3 chassis uses a different gearbox, and there is no way for the drivers to use the old gearbox until it is allowed to be changed. Thankfully for Bourdais, he retired in Turkey and is therefore allowed to use a new ‘box without penalty. But Vettel completed his race and is not allowed to change his. But as there is no other way out of the situation, Scuderia Toro Rosso will have to change the gearbox and suffer the penalty.