Sport Hamilton hit with grid penalty

10:30  07 april  2018
10:30  07 april  2018 Source:   Sky Sports

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Lewis Hamilton has been handed a five-place grid penalty ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix after electing to change his gearbox. The Briton’s Mercedes team has revealed that Hamilton ’s gearbox was damaged during the Bahrain GP two weeks ago, and as such it will be replaced.

Lewis Hamilton wearing a hat: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place grid penalty at the Bahrain GP due to a gearbox change.

F1's sporting regulations state that a gearbox must be used for six consecutive races and Hamilton's unscheduled change of unit has automatically triggered a penalty.

The setback means Hamilton, who struggled in Friday practice for the desert race, will start Sunday's race no higher than sixth even if he were to qualify on pole position.

Qualifying takes place at 4pm with coverage from 3pm on Sky Sports F1.

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Lewis Hamilton wearing a hat: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Mercedes confirmed that Hamilton had a hydraulic leak during the season-opening Australian GP which he was "fortunate to finish the race" with, and the team couldn't repair the gearbox for a six-race cycle.

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Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix as the result of a gearbox change. In the aftermath of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes discovered that the world champion's gearbox had sustained damage.

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Hamilton's Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas has also changed his gearbox this weekend, but as he already had a gearbox change penalty in Australia following his qualifying crash, he is allowed a free change for this weekend's race.

Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean are similarly taking new gearboxes, but they didn't finish the race at the season-opening Australian GP so have not been penalised.

Speaking on Friday night before his penalty was confirmed by Mercedes, Hamilton had predicted a tough fight against Red Bull and Ferrari.

"I think what it's shown is that it's incredibly close between the three teams, really close," Hamilton said. "It's going to be a tough weekend."

In the wake of his five-place demotion, that challenge has become tougher still for the reigning world champion.

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