Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty for Chinese GP

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Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty for Chinese GP
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Apr 14, 2016, 1:09 AM

Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix as the result of a gearbox change.

Start action: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07, Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07

In the aftermath of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes discovered that the world champion's gearbox had sustained damage.

Following inspection of the unit in China on Wednesday, it was decided that it should be replaced rather than an attempt made to try to get it through another race weekend.

A team spokesman also said that taking the penalty for China was deemed a better route because the Shanghai circuit is a good venue for overtaking.

"This is the best circuit to do so in the first six race cycle as overtaking is easier here compared to the coming tracks, so the overall impact of the grid penalty is judged to be less here in Shanghai," he said.

Hamilton has taken pole position for the first two races of the season, but his team mate Nico Rosberg has won both races.

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