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Hamilton to start from the back in China after ERS problem

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Hamilton to start from the back in China after ERS problem
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Apr 16, 2016, 7:47 AM

Lewis Hamilton will have to start the Chinese Grand Prix from the back of the grid after an Energy Recovery System problem struck him in qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid runs wide as Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H passes
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1

The world champion, who was already facing a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, reported a down on power engine during his first run in Q1.

After returning to the pits, Mercedes discovered an ERS issue that it could not solve in time.

He aborted a second run when the track was at his fastest and, along with Pascal Wehrlein, was one of only two drivers to not complete a flying lap.

Although the team kept working on the car to try to fix the issue in the closing minutes in Q1, in the end it was decided that there was no point in sending him back out on track.

"No one wants it easy that is for sure, it is still early on," said Hamilton. "We are definitely in the mud but we will dig our way out."

Starting from the back of the grid will at least give Hamilton a free choice of tyres for the race on a weekend when the fastest super soft tyres that the front-runners will use may only last a handful of laps.

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