Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of claiming a third successive pole position and his first win of the 2012 season at Shanghai have been given a dent with the news that he will be hit with a five-place grid penalty.
The McLaren team has applied to change his gearbox for this weekend’s Grand Prix event, and under the current rules, this means that he will start five places lower from wherever he manages to qualify on Saturday.
The team confirmed that the damage to his gearbox – sustained during the previous round, the Malaysian Grand Prix – was only detected after his car (and the rest of the team’s freight) arrived at Shanghai.
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