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Lewis Hamilton set for pit lane start in Hungary

Jul 27, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton will start today’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pit lane after a fire during qualifying caused severe damage to his W05 Hybrid car.

The Briton’s car suffered a fuel leak which caused his engine to catch fire during the first few minutes of Q1 on Saturday. He was forced to pull over at pit entry, and although he escaped unharmed, the same cannot be said for the Mercedes car.

The team has replaced the engine, gearbox and chassis on Hamilton’s car, meaning that he will have to start today’s race from the pit lane.

As he failed to post a time during the session, he fell foul out on the 107% rule that prevents drivers for starting the race if they are too slow. However, the stewards unsurprisingly confirmed that he will be allowed to race.

“The stewards grant permission for car 44 Lewis Hamilton to start the race, as the driver has set satisfactory times in practice at this event,” a statement read. Pastor Maldonado has also been given permission to race in Hungary.

Kevin Magnussen will also start the race from the pit lane after his crash in Q3, but he will start ahead of Hamilton.

Lewis was left in a state of disbelief yesterday after he suffered yet a car problem in qualifying for the second weekend in a row. In Germany, a brake failure caused him to crash during Q1, but he rallied from P20 to third in the race. This time around, he thinks it might be a bit of a tougher task.

“It will be a very difficult afternoon as it’s one of the hardest circuits to overtake on,” Hamilton said. “But these things are sent to try us and how I come out of it is going to be the most important thing.”

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

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