Lewis Hamilton has been struck with a frustrating five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, only an hour before the start of the all-important qualifying session around the Bahrain International Circuit. This comes after the Briton suffered a left-rear tyre failure towards the end of third practice, which in turn greatly damaged his rear suspension.
After securing a sensational pole position last time out at the Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of repeating such successes has been dashed after his team confirmed that his gearbox would be changed following repairs made to his machine after suffering his tyre and suspension failure towards the end of the third and final practice session. Admittedly the former Champion was not a favorite to secure pole, however the thought of loosing a further five grid places after qualifying will naturally be a frustrating blow for the team.
Due to the incident at the end of the morning practice session, Hamilton’s Mercedes mechanics have been forced to completely change the car’s left-rear corner. This has included a new gearbox for the 2008 Champion, who has so far enjoyed a sensational start to his career with the German marque. This penalty means three drivers have so far incurred grid penalties for the race on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton set to be joined in dropping down the grid after qualifying by Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez who were involved in separate incidents last time out.
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