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Grid penalty for Button

Jenson Button handed a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change ahead of Suzuka
Jenson Button has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka this weekend.

The penalty has been activated after Button's McLaren team confirmed that the Briton would require a new gearbox for the race.

Button had finished on the podium last time out in Singapore but the team discovered after the race that the 2009 title winner had the same problem on his gearbox as team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was forced to retire from the race.

Whilst that retirement means Hamilton won't pick up a penalty for his gearbox change, the fact that Button was still running at the finish means he picks up the automatic penalty in place if a driver fails to use the same gearbox for five consecutive races.

Button is bidding for a second straight win at Suzuka having clinched an emotional victory last year.


Tagged as: Mclaren , Jenson Button , Suzuka , Japan

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JD 002

October 02, 2012 10:08 AM

I agree, it is an irritating penalty for the fans of the driver, seeing a technical issue result in them being shuffled down the order. I would be interested in seeing perhaps a constructors points penalty, where 5 or so were taken off the talley. It has the chance to impact on the WDC too much. In some circumstances it is in no fault of the driver so why penalise them.

Timmy - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 10:26 AM

Why hasn't the gearbox usage rule changed in the same way the engine usage rule did? The engines used to have to last 2 consecutive races, now you get a certain number for the season (8 I think). Why not just say you get 4/5 gearboxes for the season?



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