Hamilton gets five-place grid penalty

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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121 comments on Hamilton gets five-place grid penalty

  1. The Last Pope said on 9th October 2010, 20:12

    Don’t forget grid position isn’t so important here. I think we will see plenty of early overtaking by Lewis and he will be up with the other championship contenders before long. He just needs to take sure he survives the 1st lap.

  2. Electrolite said on 9th October 2010, 20:32

    Wow. That’s a shame. Looking at what has already happened in regards to the weather, I suppose anything can happen, We could be in for a few shocks tomorrow both in qualifying and the race!

    It does mean Button can step up to the plate for Mclaren now, tomorrow. If he knows he’s ahead or has an advantage I think that’s when Jenson performs the best. Good luck to both of them, it’s gonna be a pivotal weekend for the team.

  3. soulmonkey said on 9th October 2010, 20:43

    Formula 1 isn’t so much fun when you are supporting a driver and said driver is just not getting the breaks. There is a limit to being gutted week after week after week after we…..

  4. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 9th October 2010, 21:01

    Boo, hiss. But that’s how things go. Although maybe McLaren could just pay $100,000 (or $500,000 I guess) to make it better.

  5. Monad said on 9th October 2010, 23:11

    Ok someone must be doing voodoo on the poor fellow. How unlucky can you get?

  6. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 10th October 2010, 0:53

    It looks like we are in for a dry Q.

    MikeGascoyne Mike Gascoyne
    Morning from a sunny and warm pitlane, track drying up very quickly and no chance of any more rain

    redbullf1spy Red Bull F1 Spy
    Ahead of the longest day (ever) the sun is shining…

    InsideFerrari Scuderia Ferrari
    The sun is shining on Suzuka!

  7. Keamo said on 10th October 2010, 1:13

    Man, this championship is driving me insane. Its 2h08 AM and i am up waiting for qualifying all in the hope Hamilton will qualify quite high to soften the 5 grid penalty and i will be off to bed hopefully i will be able to get 3 hours sleep before the race start.

    Go Lewis!!

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