Japanese Grand Prix: Ferrari rules out gearbox change for Sebastian Vettel despite Malaysian mishap

Sebastian Vettel is 34 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with five races remaining, including Sunday’s at Suzuka.

Reuters October 04, 2017 15:51:28 IST
Japanese Grand Prix: Ferrari rules out gearbox change for Sebastian Vettel despite Malaysian mishap

Formula One title contender Sebastian Vettel was given some good news on Wednesday after his Ferrari team ruled out a gearbox change that would have incurred a grid penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Japanese Grand Prix Ferrari rules out gearbox change for Sebastian Vettel despite Malaysian mishap

File image of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. AP

The German, a four-time world champion, is 34 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with five races remaining, including Sunday’s at Suzuka.

The gearbox scare followed a bizarre incident after last Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix when his car was hit from behind by Canadian Lance Stroll’s Williams on the post-race slowing down lap.

The impact wrecked the car’s rear suspension.

A change of gearbox would have meant a five place grid penalty for a race that Vettel needs to win, but Ferrari gave the all-clear after a factory inspection.

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