Lewis Hamilton to take 5 place grid drop

Lewis Hamilton will take a 5 place grid penalty this weekend due to a gearbox change.

The team discovered issues with his gearbox following the Bahrain Grand Prix, however, they do not believe it had anything to do with his turn one contact with Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes have chosen to take the hit of a penalty now rather than risk a failure in the race. The Shanghai International Circuit offers ample opportunities for overtaking particularly with its two long straights. Hamilton’s penalty will mean he will start the Chinese Grand Prix sixth at best.

Hamilton has started the last two races from pole position but both have been won by his team-mate. This means Nico Rosberg currently has a 17 point lead.

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