Cape Town - Ferrari have announced on Twitter that they have not been
forced to change Sebastian Vettel's gearbox and looks set to be competing on
level playing field in Japan this weekend.
The general assumption was that Vettel would need a new
gearbox fitted after his strange post-race crash with Lance Stroll which caused
a lot of damage to the rear of his car.
A new gearbox would have meant a five-place grid penalty
after the FIA reportedly rejected Ferrari's request for special dispensation
given that the incident happened after the chequered flag wave.
But, it appears Vettel will be able to compete for race
victory this weekend at Suzuka with his current gearbox passing checks back at
Ferrari said on Twitter: "The gearbox Seb used at the
Malaysian Grand Prix is still available."
Vettel is 34 points behind World Championship leader Lewis
Hamilton with five races to go.