Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place gird penalty at Suzuka, once the starting order for the race has been decided.
Hamilton will have to change his gearbox before tomorrow’s delayed qualifying session, resulting in the penalty, meaning he will definitely start no higher than sixth.
Drivers are allowed to change their gearboxes every four races without a penalty. Hamilton last changed his gearbox at Spa.
McLaren are still deciding whether or not to run their new rear wing tomorrow.
Update: More from McLaren:
In P3 today, we noticed abnormal gearbox oil pressure on Lewis?óÔé¼Ôäós car, which we believed we had corrected ahead of this afternoon?óÔé¼Ôäós qualifying session.
This afternoon, as we fired up Lewis?óÔé¼Ôäós car several times in preparation for qualifying, we became aware that the symptoms were worse than we?óÔé¼Ôäód originally diagnosed, and a decision was later taken to change the gearbox ahead of tomorrow?óÔé¼Ôäós qualifying session and the grand prix.
As a result, Lewis will receive a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow?óÔé¼Ôäós race.
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