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Published: 09:20 | 14/4/16

Grid penalty for Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion will start no higher than sixth in Shanghai after his Mercedes team opted to change the gearbox in his car.

Formula 1 rules state that gearboxes must be used for six consecutive race weekends but Hamilton's system sustained damage in Bahrain and as a result he will take a five-place grid penalty in China.

"Not the ideal start to the #ChineseGP weekend, admittedly, but of all the places to take a grid hit, this is one of the better ones," Mercedes tweeted.

Hamilton currently trails Nico Rosberg by 17 points in the Drivers' Championship but he is confident he can close the gap despite the grid penalty.

"It has been a good track to me for many years so I feel good coming here," Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"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. Challenge is another opportunity to arise, rather than looking at the glass half empty, look at it half full."

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