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Lando Norris

Five-place grid penalty for Norris at Belgian GP

McLaren have confirmed a gearbox change on Lando Norris' car for the Belgian Grand Prix, triggering a grid penalty.

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Lando Norris will take a five-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix, as a result of McLaren fitting his car with a new gearbox.

Norris will start Sunday's race at Spa-Francorchamps from 14th on the grid, having finished qualifying in 10th place after crashing out of Q3 in a scary incident at Eau Rouge.

Norris was promoted to ninth despite his absence, due to a five-place grid penalty for Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas for causing a Turn 1 crash at the Hungaroring last time out.

Norris' gearbox change penalty thus demotes him from ninth to 14th.

"After assessing the damage to Lando's car, we have decided to change the gearbox, resulting in a 5 place grid penalty," said a short statement from McLaren.

Norris was brought to hospital for precautionary checks to his left arm after the crash at Eau Rouge, with the British driver grasping the steering wheel during the high-speed shunt. He has since been given the all-clear to race by medical personnel and the FIA.

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