Hamilton takes five place grid penalty

Lewis Hamilton at Hockenheim

Lewis Hamilton at Hockenheim

Lewis Hamilton may start Sunday’s German Grand Prix from the pit lane after his Mercedes team indicated they are likely to change brake suppliers for his car following his high speed crash during qualifying, and it has been confirmed that the Briton will drop five places on the grid for the German Grad Prix

In the aftermath of his qualifying shunt, at Hockenheim, Mercedes have decided to change the gearbox on his car because of damage incurred in the incident. ?

It has emerged that the 29-year-old had switched to Brembo brakes on Saturday morning, but following a failure of his right front disc that pitched him into a collision with the barriers at the Sachskurve, the team said they wanted to revert to Carbone Industrie discs on Hamilton’s car.

Changing brake specification is a breach of the parc ferme regulations that would require Hamilton therefore to start the 67-lap race from the pit lane.

“We have had a brake failure which means we are obliged to make sure that the car is running safe tomorrow,” said team motorsport boss Toto Wolff. “That means switching the brakes supplier.

“If this results in starting from the pit lane (it) is not yet discussed, and we have not yet brought the decision on that. But we are discussing that with (ruling body) the FIA.”

Hamilton qualified 16th, but was expected to start 15th on the grid thanks to a penalty for Mexican Esteban Guttierez of Sauber.  (AFP)