Hamilton to start 20th after gearbox penalty

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20 July 2014 by TF1T Staff

Lewis Hamilton will start the German Grand Prix from 20th after taking a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.

The Briton suffered a brake disc failure during qualifying which span him into the barriers, ending his session and putting him 15th on the grid once Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez had served his penalty for causing a collision at the British GP.

Mercedes were unsure of the extent of the damage, but after rebuilding his car on Saturday evening, found damage to his gearbox and were therefore forced to replace it for a new unit.

The Briton had looked likely to start from the pitlane after Mercedes opted to change his brake discs from Brembo to Carbon Industrie which would require a car to be taken out of parc ferme conditions.

The FIA however agreed with Mercedes opinion that it was being done on the grounds of safety, despite rival teams objecting, and therefore avoid dropping to last.