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Lewis Hamilton Handed Chinese Grand Prix 2016 Grid Penalty for Gearbox Change

Lewis Hamilton’s chances of success at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix have been hit with a significant setback, after it was confirmed he will face a five-place grid penalty. As reported by Andrew Benson of BBC Sport, the sanction comes after Mercedes decided to change Hamilton's gearbox ahead of the race. It's noted the equipment was damaged during the driver's last outing in Bahrain, and a five-place penalty is the standard punishment. Per Benson, Mercedes have stated they’ve made the decision because this venue represents “the best place to make the change and take the penalty." The Shanghai International Circuit is known for giving drivers a lot of overtaking chances, including the longest straight the drivers will ...

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