Lewis Hamilton has taken a five place grid penalty after changing his gearbox ahead of today’s German Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver crashed hard in the first part of qualifying yesterday, seriously damaging his car and leaving the team with a big repair job following the session. Thankfully, he escaped unharmed from the incident after suffering a front-right brake failure.
Hamilton was clearly disappointed to suffer yet another setback in qualifying, having not started inside the top five since the Canadian Grand Prix at the beginning of June.
He was due to start the race from 15th position, but he will now drop five places further back thanks to this penalty.
Mercedes confirmed that the change had been made on Twitter, saying: “We can confirm that Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox will be changed for the race owing to accident damage incurred yesterday. 5 place penalty.
“The guys are working on the car now to repair everything for the race. It’s going to be a busy morning!”
The Briton had expected to start from the pit lane, but he will most likely start from 20th position barring any last-minute dramas at Mercedes or changes for the other drivers.
You can watch the German Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup