Hamilton to start Brazil GP from pit lane
11 November 2017 – Mercedes has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will start the Brazilian Grand Prix from the pit lane, having opted to take his car out of parc ferme conditions, following his Q1 crash.
Hamilton led the way during Friday's practice sessions at Interlagos but lost control of his W08 through Ferradura on his first push lap in qualifying.
Hamilton skated into the barriers at Laranjinha, sustaining substantial damage to the left-front of his car, ruling him out of the remainder of the session.
As a result, Hamilton did not qualify, consigning him to 20th on the grid, irrespective of penalties for his rivals, and Mercedes has elected to fit new parts ahead of the 71-lap race.
"Lewis will start from the pit lane as we will have to break parc ferme, fitting parts of a different specification to those used in qualifying," Mercedes confirmed.
"Prime among those will be a new power unit, as there is no penalty for doing so in the circumstances."
Mercedes will fit a new Internal Combustion Engine, MGU-H and Turbo Charger.