Button gets Japanese GP grid penalty for gearbox change

Jenson Button faces a five place grid penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix due to a gear box change.

After Lewis Hamilton retired from the Singapore Grand Prix over a gearbox issue, the McLaren team inspected Button’s gearbox and found that it had an identical problem to his teammate’s. The team were left with no option but to change Button’s gearbox for a new one. This gearbox change means that the Brit will be handed a five place penalty.

Lewis Hamilton will also start the Japanese Grand Prix with a new gearbox however he will not be given a penalty as he did not finish the last race.