Hamilton gets five-place grid penalty

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2010

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?s car, which we believed we had corrected ahead of this afternoon?s qualifying session.

This afternoon, as we fired up Lewis?s car several times in preparation for qualifying, we became aware that the symptoms were worse than we?d originally diagnosed, and a decision was later taken to change the gearbox ahead of tomorrow?s qualifying session and the grand prix.

As a result, Lewis will receive a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow?s race.

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