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Button handed grid penalty

2 October 2012

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.