Hamilton: race penalty a ‘kick in the goonies’

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  • A gearbox change on Hamilton’s Mercedes means he will take a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese GP this weekend.

The team at Brackley revealed Hamilton’s car had been damaged during the Bahrain race and required replacement stating that China was the best place to ‘take the hit’ rather than ‘cary any risk moving forward’ meaning he will start no higher than P6 on Sunday.

“Naturally when you arrive in Shanghai and find out you’re already going to be starting five places behind wherever I qualify is a kick in the goonies, but you just take it.”

– Hamilton

Lewis is going to be looking for positives after winning back to back titles in Shanghai, a circuit he has won four times and more times than any other driver. Its clear both he and the team think this is his best opportunity to get the car back to full strength and take a chance.

“It has been a good track to me for many years so I feel good coming here,” the Brit told Sky Sports F1.

Remarkably the reigning world champion hasn’t won a race since last October in Texas where he took the World Title. With Rosberg now chasing his sixth successive victory, it’s shaping up for a pretty interesting season for Lewis.