Lewis Hamilton handed five-place grid penalty for Austrian Grand Prix

The drop means he cannot equal Michael Schumacher's all-time pole position record of 68 at his home British Grand Prix next week. Lewis Hamilton is currently on 66 and had been favourite to take the top slot in Austria.

By: Reuters | Spielberg | Published:July 8, 2017 12:26 am
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One, Austrian Grand Prix, Mercedes, Michael Schumacher A Mercedes team spokesman said the gearbox problem resulted from the previous race in Azerbaijan. (Source: File)

Formula One title contender Lewis Hamilton will have a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix after his car required an unscheduled gearbox change, Mercedes said on Friday.

The drop means he cannot equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time pole position record of 68 at his home British Grand Prix next week. Hamilton is currently on 66 and had been favourite to take the top slot in Austria.

A Mercedes team spokesman said the gearbox problem resulted from the previous race in Azerbaijan.

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