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Hamilton takes five place grid drop after gearbox change

Jul 20, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Germany F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Lewis Hamilton has taken a five place grid penalty after changing his gearbox ahead of today’s German Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver crashed hard in the first part of qualifying yesterday, seriously damaging his car and leaving the team with a big repair job following the session. Thankfully, he escaped unharmed from the incident after suffering a front-right brake failure.

Hamilton was clearly disappointed to suffer yet another setback in qualifying, having not started inside the top five since the Canadian Grand Prix at the beginning of June.

He was due to start the race from 15th position, but he will now drop five places further back thanks to this penalty.

Mercedes confirmed that the change had been made on Twitter, saying: “We can confirm that Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox will be changed for the race owing to accident damage incurred yesterday. 5 place penalty.

“The guys are working on the car now to repair everything for the race. It’s going to be a busy morning!”

The Briton had expected to start from the pit lane, but he will most likely start from 20th position barring any last-minute dramas at Mercedes or changes for the other drivers.

You can watch the German Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    This turned out to be a brilliant move as Lewis stormed through the field hampered only by some key front wing damage that took just enough downforce off his wing ( that wound up tearing up Lewis’s front left tire early at the end of the race) to give Bottas enough pace at the end of the race to keep Hamilton in third place.

    Heads up play by Mercedes to go with the new gearbox as well as other changes and a truly heads up drive by Lewis by pushing as hard as he could as long as he could until it became clear that third was the smart place to finish -for sure- instead of racing to a possible dnf due to left front tire damage.

    Great day for both Lewis and Mercedes from the back of the field no less.

    Job Well Done Fellas.

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