Raikkonen, Button take last-minute grid penalties at Suzuka
The Japanese GP grid was shuffled around on Sunday morning when both Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Jenson Button took penalties.
Raikkonen, who was in third place, tumbles down to eighth with a five-place gearbox penalty. With his teammate Sebastian Vettel already put back three places, the Red Bull drivers, who qualified fifth and sixth, now both start on the second row. Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean also gain.
Meanwhile, Button goes to the back of the grid thanks to a 35-place penalty after a “strategic change” by Honda, having taken his sixth example of all six power unit elements.
This gives him a fresh set of equipment and specification parity with Fernando Alonso. The team felt that he had little to lose from 17th.