McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will suffer a five-place grid penalty at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix after he was forced to change his gearbox prior to the race.
“It doesn’t alter my approach. I still have to qualify as high as possible.”
The 2008 World Champion has started from pole position in both races so far this season, but will have to settle for a spot lower down the grid this time out. Hamilton said:
“I won from third last year so I’ll try to win from further back. I’ll have to try to start sixth if possible or somewhere close to that.”
Formula One gearboxes have to last a minimum of five race distances before it can be changed (although a change is permitted following a retirement).
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