Grid drop for Hamilton after gearbox change
20 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix after a gearbox change.
Mercedes was forced to put a new unit in Hamilton's car after his sizeable accident at Sachs in qualifying, caused by a right-front brake failure. He was due to start 15th after Esteban Gutiérrez's penalty, but now falls to 20th.
It is not yet clear if Hamilton will line up on the grid, however, with governing body the FIA yet to announce its decision on whether he will be permitted to change his brake product without breaking parc ferme rules.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff stated in the wake of the crash that Hamilton is likely to switch from Brembo to Carbon Industrie for the race, the same company that team-mate and pole-sitter Nico Rosberg currently uses.
If the change cannot be made on safety grounds, Hamilton will be required to start the race from the pit lane.
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