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Lynn to take grid penalty for gearbox change

Virgin’s Alex Lynn will take a 10-place grid penalty after a gear box change ahead of the Mexico ePrix.

Lynn had been running seventh in the Santiago ePrix when a gearbox failure in his second car caused a retirement.

The team believe they have found the problem with Lynn’s gearbox – a production deviation of a gearbox accessory – and have replaced it for the fifth round of the championship.

“I do head off to Mexico with a bit of a setback,” said Lynn.

“Because of my gearbox failure last time out in the Chilean capital of Santiago, obviously I need a new gearbox and that means I have a 10-place grid penalty.”

Lynn is expecting a difficult race with the Mexican track difficult to overtake on, but he’s ready for the challenge.

“The plan has to be to do something different. We have to be bold with our choices on strategy, and hopefully that will pay off.

“We should be quick there. Last year [Jose Maria] Lopez was in the lead with a few laps to go and my team-mate Sam Bird finished third.

“So the pace is there, and we should have a good chance of being competitive.”

The penalty is the latest gearbox related set back for DS Virgin. Bird suffered a similar problem in Hong Kong and Marrakesh, but was able to overcome the difficulties to take points from each race.


Bethonie Waring

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