Button to get five-place grid penalty at Suzuka

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Singapore, 2012In the round-up: Jenson Button will have a five-place penalty for a gearbox change at the Japanese Grand Prix.

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Button to get gearbox-change penalty (Autosport)

“Post-race investigations of his gearbox after the Singapore GP [uncovered] an identical gearbox problem to that which had put Lewis Hamilton out of the race.”

Ferrari to consider three drivers (BBC)

“The team’s intention is to retain current driver Felipe Massa, but Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are options.”

Schumacher interests Sauber (Sky)

“Team owner Peter Sauber admitted at the Singapore GP that he would sign Schumacher ‘immediately’ if the former world champion became available, while Mercedes are believed to have offered the German a management role within the team.”

2013 Technical Regulation Changes (ScarbsF1)

“Teams do not have to run the fairing, some teams might be happy to simply keep their existing stepped nose design for 2013.”

Japanese GP: Vijay?s Vision (Force India)

Vijay Mallya: “I still remember the situation in 2010 when Williams pipped us by one point at the last race, so I guess it?s not over until it?s over! I?m still hoping that we can do it and one strong podium finish could help to wipe out Sauber?s advantage.”

Ferrari to close wind tunnel for tests (Autosport)

“‘The real trouble is that sometimes the data matches and this creates even more confusion,’ [Luca di] Montezemolo was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.”

Greece Unblocks Subsidy for Formula 1 Track Construction (Bloomberg)

“Greece unblocked a subsidy of 28.9 million euros ($37.2 million) for the construction of an international-standard racetrack that can be used for staging Formula One car racing, the Ministry of Development said.”

Interview with Igor Rossello (F1 Talks)

“Story was based on interview with [Robert] Kubica’s hand surgeon that was printed in Polish newspaper Super Express in the middle of Seprember, but there is one big problem. Someone put in Rossello?s mouths something that he never said.”

An Education from the Professor (Lotus)

Alain Prost: “Visibility at the front was something I found quite difficult to deal with today. Apart from that all the systems in the car, the engine, the gearbox, the brakes ?ǣ they?re all fantastic. Very good.”

Luciano Bacheta wins the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship (Williams)

“British driver Luciano Bacheta has clinched the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship at Italy?s famous Monza circuit today (Sunday, 30 September) to secure a prize test drive with the Williams Formula 1 Team.”

Chris Economaki, 1920 ?ǣ 2012 (MotorSport)

“For many years Economaki?s keynote Speed Sport News column called ??The Editor?s Notebook? was a must-read for everyone involved in American motor racing. He was able to move effortlessly from Formula 1 to NASCAR, midget and sprint car racing, Indycar racing, drag racing and every form of short track oval racing. A mention in Economaki?s column could make and sometimes break a career in the sport.”

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Comment of the day

@Joao-Pedro-CQ was very pleased to see an article on Antonio Felix da Costa:

I, as a Portuguese, have been completely delighted with Da Costa?s performances. He is bringing a new hope to our country that maybe, someday, we will be able to win in Formula One, not only races, but also championships. He has been absolutely fantastic, even more since he signed with Red Bull, and it was a shame he couldn?t win GP3.

He his magical and it?s a great feeling for me to watch him racing, it brings emotions I haven?t had in a while. When he gets to F1, he will be awesome!
@Joao-Pedro-CQ

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On this day in F1

James Hunt won the United States Grand prix 35 years ago today – but he lost his championship to fourth-placed Niki Lauda. Between them came Mario Andretti and Jody Scheckter.

Lauda did not return to Ferrari after the race, announcing a switch to Brabham for 1978.

Hans Stuck took the lead from Hunt on a wet track at the start of the race, before sliding off in the early stages with a clutch problem.

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