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Button receive a five-place penalty for Japanese GP

McLaren have decided to install new gearboxes unit in both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton cars for Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

Lewis Hamilton already set five places grid penalty following the retirement at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for Singapore Grand Prix.

Recently McLaren verified Button’s machine and revealed that his car same gearbox problem, when his team-mate out of the Singapore GP race.

“Jenson’s gearbox had the same problem as Lewis’s gearbox during the Singapore Grand Prix, and subsequent investigation has revealed a terminal failure.” McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe told Autosport.

“Therefore both cars must start the Japanese Grand Prix with new gearboxes, which means that Jenson will receive a five-place penalty.

“Of course, this is a great disappointment for Jenson and the team. On the positive side, we have understood and completely resolved the issue, allowing both drivers to compete with confidence for podium positions.”


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