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Grid penalty for Hamilton following gearbox change

Apr 20, 2013, 6:27 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton has received a five place grid penalty after changing his gearbox following the final practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver suffered a car failure at the end of the session which caused damage to his suspension and left-rear of the car, which has forced the team into making the gearbox change.

Mercedes confirmed to Autosport that the change was due to this damage, and Hamilton joins Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez who have penalties from last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Webber incurred a three place penalty for his incident with Jean-Eric Vergne, whilst Gutierrez will drop five places on the grid after causing an accident involving Force India’s Adrian Sutil.

Hamilton will be aiming to qualify as high as possible to minimize the impact of this penalty, and he could still start in the top ten after running well in final practice.

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  1. apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Not surprising after the bumpy Shanghai circuit and how small and lightweight the 7 speed w/ reverse the F1 transmissions are. It’s frankly amazing that they last as long as they do, even if they don’t like bumps.

    What surprises me is that there weren’t more failures last week – as a result of last week. I wish we knew which teams changed gear between rounds.

    • apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      My mistake, I thought the gearbox had actually failed. Turns out it was replaced preemptively.

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