It was announced this morning that Lewis Hamilton will receive a five place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix, after Mercedes made the decision to change the his gearbox ahead of the race weekend.
It was discovered following the Bahrain Grand Prix, that Hamilton had sustained damage to the W07 which was gained during his first lap coming together with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas at the Sakhir track.
But due to the strong overtaking nature of the Shanghai circuit, the Mercedes team decided it would be of more benefit to give Hamilton a whole new gearbox rather than attempt to repair the old one.
A spokesperson for the team advised: ‘This is the best circuit to do so in the first six race cycle as overtaking is easier here compared to the coming tracks, so the overall impact of the grid penalty is judged to be less here in Shanghai.’
With the longest straight on the calendar, it should be no problem for Hamilton to make his way through the pack from wherever he qualifies from on Saturday afternoon. With only 58% of pole sitters have taken the win here in China, which will help Hamilton as he heads for the front.
Hamilton is one of only two drivers to have taken victory more than once in Shanghai, notching up four wins during his career with Fernando Alonso being the other. There should be plenty of overtaking opportunities for Hamilton to take advantage of, and with a hat-trick of wins possible for Hamilton here this weekend, you know for sure that he will be on a mission to get that further win under his belt and gain ground from Nico Rosberg in the championship fight.