Hamilton gets five-place grid penalty

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2010

Lewis Hamilton will take a five-place gird penalty at Suzuka, once the starting order for the race has been decided.

Hamilton will have to change his gearbox before tomorrow’s delayed qualifying session, resulting in the penalty, meaning he will definitely start no higher than sixth.

Drivers are allowed to change their gearboxes every four races without a penalty. Hamilton last changed his gearbox at Spa.

McLaren are still deciding whether or not to run their new rear wing tomorrow.

Update: More from McLaren:

In P3 today, we noticed abnormal gearbox oil pressure on Lewis?s car, which we believed we had corrected ahead of this afternoon?s qualifying session.

This afternoon, as we fired up Lewis?s car several times in preparation for qualifying, we became aware that the symptoms were worse than we?d originally diagnosed, and a decision was later taken to change the gearbox ahead of tomorrow?s qualifying session and the grand prix.

As a result, Lewis will receive a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow?s race.

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121 comments on “Hamilton gets five-place grid penalty”

    1. They’re apparently now reporting that the damage is from the crash in Singapore… Seems like they should have thoroughly examined everything under a microscope after a crash like that.

    1. He was quite lucky earlier on in the season, especially with inheriting the win in Turkey and benefiting from a few important stewards’ calls. So maybe this is just his fortune balancing out – it often does over the course of a season.

    2. Its not just bad luck, I’m always suspicious when it come to to stuff going wrong on Lewis’ car. How many car failures has he had in comparison to his team mate.

      There is obviously something wrong with the way his equipment gets treated at Mclaren.

      Lewis has made every team mate he had look ordinary and has out driven every second rate car McLaren produced.

      Of course most ppl hear will say ‘ oh hear we go again, another Ham fan screaming racism’

      Whatever, WE KNOW THE SCORE..

      Is it too much to say that someone within Mclaren is being payed by Eccelstone to sabotage Lewis….nothing would surprise me about how far racists would go to prove ther superiorityy against others they deem as a threat to their sick beliefs!!! :(

      1. Is this satire?
        Assuming it isn’t, I think that it’s possible than HAM’s car suffers more mechanical problems because of how hard he drives it. The mechanical problems are the downside of being fast on track.

        1. You go on telling yourself that. People outside the UK are wise to the hatred and undermining that go Lewis’ way…its just keeps getting nastier and more subtle…DISGRACE

          Lewis Hamilton has more racing talent in his little toe than 99% of the current F1 grid!

          On a separate issue, why does the FIA do nothing about Red Bulls clearly illegal and dangerous flexible wings. We’ve had two accident because of these wings and yet the FIA does nothing!

          1. Wow, you’re an oppinionated one aren’t you! Not that I’ll hold it against you cause I am as well!

            But seriously, Hamilton’s style is far more aggresive/violent than Buttons, so things will break more often. Same thing with Vettel over Webber.

            I’ve done a little racing myself and can vouch for that one (I’m somewhat overly aggresive in style – has got me in trouble more than once).

      2. Of course most ppl hear will say ‘ oh hear we go again, another Ham fan screaming racism’

        No, you’re right SYM. Gearbox failures (what are those?) have never, ever happened in the 60 year history of the sport, but suddenly, one happens to Lewis Hamilton.

        It stinks to high heaven how badly Mclaren treat him, what with the 15 years of funding, support and race winning machinery they always give him.

        You show all the signs of someone who has watched this sport for so much longer than 3 years, and embody the true meaning of an “F1 Fanatic”.

          1. Well, you’ve got to use any knowledge you’ve garnered to provide evidence before making claims about racism and sabotage, otherwise no-one will take you seriously ;)

      3. “Of course most ppl hear will say ‘ oh hear we go again, another Ham fan screaming racism’”

        That’s exactly what you’re doing though. It lacks any real basis and is pretty unfair of the entire Woking squad who went out on a limb and gave him a drive in the first place. I understand you’re upset and I’m sorry but you’re not providing any real evidence for your statement.

        1. “pretty unfair of the entire Woking squad who went out on a limb and gave him a drive in the first place”

          Lewis won every trophy going on his way to F1. Ron Dennis and Tag Hauer’s Mansour Ojjeh supported him in his career because they saw real talent emerging year after year; he is the outstanding racing driver of his generation.

          You make it sound as if the “Woking squad” is a charity for ethnic minorities!

          1. The “Woking Squad” (clearly) work very hard to give Lewis the best machinery possible to showcase his talent. That’s why claiming that “There is obviously something wrong with the way his equipment gets treated at Mclaren” isn’t going to go down well on a website of mostly knowledgable fans.

      4. “There is obviously something wrong with the way his equipment gets treated at Mclaren.”

        “Of course most ppl hear will say ‘ oh hear we go again, another Ham fan screaming racism’”

        Whats the weather like on your planet? How do you get racism out of Hamilton’s gearbox getting replaced? Being able to imagine that someone at McLaren is sabotaging Hamilton’s equipment is pretty good. It didn’t occur to you it’s how hard he drives his equipment (at times unnecessarily hard eg Monza 2009)

      1. I think it was someone in Lost who said it to Hurley.. Not sure who.. Probably been said before, but that’s where I got it from.. Never made alot of sense to me either though xD Other than not runnin in to Massa, and (arguably) not race aggressive defendor Webber so hard ;)

        1. I think the saying is more connected to the other popular saying – “You will reap what you sow” but with a twist. The way I see it it means you don’t want to be a slave to the fate and sit idly because everything is predetermined in your life but you can take the matters into your hands and “make your own luck”.

          1. If I didn’t restrain my self I’d discuss how I think the future is (in effect) pre determined and that therefor luck, can only be used to describe the trend of events for any particular person/object.

            … … … But I better not….

        2. Martin Brundle has been saying ‘you make your own luck’ throughout his commentating career. To an extent it can be true if you are in a position to make certain decisions in your life.

      2. I think what is meant from the saying is that you will notice the good luck over the bad, so the more attempts you make, the more good luck you’ll get.

        Not sure whether it applies in F1 though, people don’t usually get too many chances!

    1. I agree to a degree but you’ve used if out of context.

      It is a term often used in regards to sport… but it is a term used to explain the elite and when their skill / ability help them achieve what would seem impossible… i.e it seems lucky… make your own luck. NOT when something unlucky happens.

  1. Oh my… I just read and interview on Hamilton where he said that bad things happen in threes.

    I also heard a rumor that Macca will not be running the rear new rear wing @ Suzuka.

    That is very bad news for him and Macca.

    1. This is the sentiment that i only ever see with regard to Hamilton. You obviously have a favourite driver who you think can’t beat Him. I want all 5 to stay in the fight to the bitter end.

    2. Hamilton will start the race in 8th or 9th position. From there he may get up to 5th or 6th, which keeps him in the title hunt. But it’s very likely he’ll be 5th in the standings after the race.

      1. Who knows, he might still get a solid podium out of it, as Hamilton is not shying away from overtakes.
        Certainly he is better off replacing the gearbox than risking another DNF.

          1. Absolutely – much better to discover this problem now than have another DNF.

            The race is still a lottery and Suzuka is a track that one can pass on.

            Not ideal… but definitely not the end to his title run…

    1. I’d wait until after the race, Button could win it while Webber punts Alonso off the road and Hamilton and Vettel complete the podium…that’d open things right up again!!

  2. sad sad situation. What can i say? this is life! :( I think lewis should give up on the wdc and end the championship like he did last year. He sould forget about the standing and enjoy!

      1. I think the red bulls would catch up any McLaren driver though, even with a little traffic. The McLaren isn’t fast enough and over the course of a Grand Prix the Red Bull drivers will easily bridge that gap.

        I honestly believe we only have three drivers in contention for the championship now, and both the McLaren boys aren’t in it.

        Which is a shame. I hope they turn it around (as a Brit myself) but I’d be very surprised.

      1. He’ll probably start 9th at best. The RBRs and Alonso ahead. With so little running he will do very well to start in the top ten.

        BTW, has anyone every qualified on pole and received a grid drop, I can’t remember anyone doing that?

        1. It almost happened to Hamilton at Montreal this year after the low fuel controversy. He’ll be hard pressed to take pole here though with such minimal running, and a different rear wing.

  3. Anyone think the whole ‘we start in number order’ thing is a bit silly? I think if they’re going to be diplomatic and try to be fair about it, the they should start in reverse championship order, or draw numbers out of a hat! Starting in number order means you’re being rewarded for the 2009 season, and for someone like Schumacher who wasn’t hear last year, he will get to be in third, all because of Button and Rubens, and Rubens himself will be way down

    1. I agree. Free Practice results or current WDC order would be much more fair. Not to even mention how Schumacher moaned about getting an odd number due to superstition (much good it helped him).

      1. “Schumacher moaned about getting an odd number due to superstition”

        That I think has to be the most embarrassing thing Schumacher has ever done.

        1. I respectfully disagree with that statement. Deliberately crashing into a championship rival when you made an error which would probably take you out of the race takes the cake.

      2. Does anyone think Schumacher may have been aware of this obscure rule (he was always noted for his understanding of the regulations and how to bend the rules), and asked for an odd number so he’d start on the clean side of the grid if the rule were ever enacted? Maybe it’s just the conspiracy theorist in me, but stranger things have happened.

  4. His crash may have played a part & I also think the time he took to come out in FP2 was he was trying to correct the problem, but the most important thing is that he is already starting this weekend on the back foot.I hope he don’t take this pressure & makes more mistakes.

    1. How many times though have we seen drivers suffer and end up on the back foot only to come through and have one of their best races!!

      Button in Brazil last year springs to mind.

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