Hamilton to start Hungarian GP from pit lane
Lewis Hamilton will start today’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pit lane after his engine fire during yesterday’s qualifying session.
The Brit was on his out lap at the Hungaroring when a fuel leak caused the rear of his Mercedes W05 to burst into flames.
He failed to set a lap time and ended the session in 21st position, having previously topped all three practice sessions.
However, he was given permission by the stewards to race, as was Pastor Maldonado after the Lotus driver also stopped in the opening minutes of Q1.
Mercedes has yet to confirm what caused the fuel leak, but the damage Hamilton’s car sustained in the fire means Mercedes has had to change his chassis, engine and gearbox, resulting in a pit lane start.
“I can’t really believe it today, there was just nothing I could do,” he said after exiting Q1 yesterday. “There was an issue with the car as I was coming out of the second to last corner and then the engine just cut out.
“I thought we could get it back to the garage but then I looked in my mirrors and saw the whole rear end was on fire and that was it.”
He will line up at the pit lane exit behind Kevin Magnussen, as the Danish rookie completed qualifying and made it to the top 10 shoot-out.
The McLaren driver was caught out by the amount of rain at turn one at the start of Q3 and went straight on, hitting the barrier heavily.
He was okay but his car was badly damaged and the resulting chassis and gearbox change has meant he will start from the pit lane as well.
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