Hamilton given grid drop after gearbox change

Lewis Hamilton’s streak of pole positions in 2012 is set to end, after the McLaren driver was forced to change his gearbox for the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

This leaves him with a 5-place grid penalty for the race. Gearboxes are specified to last 5 races in 2012.

So far, Lewis has started every race of the season on pole position, but with this news, he cannot qualify higher than 6th on Saturday.

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