Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton will be at a disadvantage for the Chinese Grand Prix after confirming that he faces a five-place grid penalty due to a gearbox change.

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton will be hit with a five-place grid penalty due to a gearbox change ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.

The 27-year-old has confirmed that he will be at a disadvantage for the third race of the season following a necessary gearbox replacement.

The former world champion has had a relatively positive start to this year's campaign, clinching third place in both the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix.

Meanwhile, Hamilton's McLaren teammate Jenson Button kicked off the season with a victory in Melbourne but slumped to 14th place in Malaysia, where the track was hampered by fierce weather conditions.

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