Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014

Hamilton to start 20th after five-place grid penalty

2014 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014Lewis Hamilton will start no higher than 20th on the grid for today’s German Grand Prix.

His Mercedes team confirmed his gearbox will need to be changed following his crash during qualifying yesterday, meaning he will incur a five-place penalty.

“We can confirm that Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox will be changed for the race owing to accident damage incurred yesterday,” the team announced on Twitter. “The guys are working on the car now to repair everything for the race.”

Hamilton originally qualified 16th after crashing due to a brake failure in qualifying, then was moved forward one place on the grid due to a penalty for Esteban Gutierrez.

Mercedes may still decide to make further set-up changes to Hamilton’s car, which could mean he starts from the pit lane instead.

Update: According to Mercedes Hamilton will start the race from 20th place and not the pit lane.

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