Button to start P22 on revised grid after penalty

Jenson Button will start at the back of the grid at the Japanese Grand Prix after he was given a 35-place grid penalty for engine component changes.

The penalty came after Honda changed the internal combustion unit, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, energy store and control electronics on Button's car, citing "strategic" reasons.

As the changes are Button’s sixth of the season, he will incur the 35-grid penalty for exceeding his allocation.

Button was eliminated in Q1 and was set to start in P17, and were reluctant to make the changes ahead of Honda’s ‘home’ Grand Prix, but They decided to go with the changes as the loss of places on the grid would be minimal.

The changes mean Button will be running the same engine spec as teammate Fernando Alonso.

Button's penalty is good news for Pascal Wehrlein as he will now start from 21st place on the grid despite being slowest of all in qualifying and having a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.

Button will start P22.

In the top half of the grid both Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, have penalties.

Vettel was penalised three places for causing a collision at the Malaysian GP while Raikkonen has a gearbox change penalty.

They will start P6 and P8 on the Suzuka grid.

The revised grid
1 Rosberg Mercedes 1:30.647
2 Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.660
3 Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.178
4 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:31.240
5 Perez Force India 1:31.961
6 Vettel Ferrari 1:31.028 *
7 Grosjean Haas 1:31.961
8 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:30.949 **
9 Hulkenberg Force India 1:32.142
10 Gutierrez Haas 1:32.547
11 Bottas Williams 1:32.315
12 Massa Williams 1:32.380
13 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:32.623
14 Sainz Toro Rosso 1:32.685
15 Alonso McLaren 1:32.689
16 Palmer Renault 1:32.807
17 Magnussen Renault 1:33.023
18 Ericsson Sauber 1:33.222
19 Nasr Sauber 1:33.332
20 Ocon Manor 1:33.3353
21 Wehrlein Manor 1:33.561 *
22 Button McLaren 1:32.851

* 3-place penalty for causing a collision at previous round
** 5-place penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change

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