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Rosberg grid penalty for F1 practice crash

dpadpa 1/07/2016 By Claas Hennig

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has crashed heavily in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, earning a five-place grid penalty.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has been given a five-place grid penalty after crashing heavily in the third and final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Formula One championship leader was unhurt after his car hit a wall on Saturday at the Spielberg circuit after suffering a broken suspension.

Mercedes had made a gear-box change, resulting in the grid penalty.

The team said his left-rear wishbone failed after "an unusually high load at full throttle". Mechanics were able to repair the car for qualifying.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel ended the session fastest, with co-driver Kimi Raikkonen second and Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton third.

Rosberg, seeking a third straight win at Spielberg, was fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions.

Vettel's time of 1 minute 07.098 seconds on the 4.326-km circuit was better than Rosberg's track record from the previous day.

However, four-time world champion Vettel will also have to start on Sunday with a five-place grid penalty following a gear change.

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