Kimi Raikkonen will drop five places from third on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix after Ferrari was forced to change his gearbox ahead of the race.

The Finn outpaced his teammate Sebastian Vettel by two-tenths of a second as the Ferraris beat both Red Bull Racing cars in qualifying.

However, due to Vettel’s grid penalty carried over from the Malaysian Grand Prix for his first lap incident, and now Raikkonen’s gearbox penalty, Red Bull has a clear run at Mercedes as they’ll live up on the second row on the grid.

“The gearbox of car number 07, driver Kimi Räikkönen, was replaced for a new one,” a technical statement from the FIA read.

“The gearbox has been replaced with the approval of the FIA technical delegate following a written request from the team concerned (requested on 09 October 2016 at 09:04 hours), this being in accordance with Article 34.2 of the 2016 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

“The gearbox change was before the six consecutive Events expired. Therefore, this is not in compliance with Article 23.6a of the 2016 Formula One Sporting Regulations and I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

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