F1 champ Hamilton's McLaren hit by gearbox problems
VODAFONE McLaren Mercedes officials tried to put on a brave face after Lewis Hamilton suffered gearbox failure in qualifying for Sunday s Australian Grand Prix. The reigning Formula 1 world champion from Herts was 15th fastest in the first session of qual
VODAFONE McLaren Mercedes officials tried to put on a brave face after Lewis Hamilton suffered gearbox failure in qualifying for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.
The reigning Formula 1 world champion from Herts was 15th fastest in the first session of qualifying in Melbourne.
However, he then suffered a sudden loss of drive and limped back to the pits.
A five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox relegated Hamilton further down the field.
You may also want to watch:
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh explained: "A gearbox failure - a broken fourth gear - on Lewis's car in Q1 prevented him from setting as quick a time as he might otherwise have been able to, but at least he got through to Q2, even if he was unable to take part in it."
Norbert Haug, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, added: "It's a shame that Lewis suffered a gearbox problem, which should not happen when he was on his best lap so far.
- 1 Man drowns in Stanborough Lakes
- 2 The changing nature of Potters Bar high street
- 3 What are the outstanding schools in Hertfordshire?
- 4 Standon Calling called off after heavy rain and lightning risk
- 5 New Sexy Beasts dating show for Netflix filmed in Hertfordshire
- 6 Football fanatic honoured with FA award for services to grassroots game
- 7 'A day none of us will forget' - Princess Anne visits Lister Hospital
- 8 Grant Shapps 'completely opposed' to closure of QEII Urgent Care Centre at night
- 9 7 top tourist attractions to visit in Hertfordshire during the summer holidays
- 10 Young girl ‘shaken’ after phone placed under toilet cubicle
"There was not such a problem during more than 7,000km of testing."
Hamilton's boss Whitmarsh feels the team have made strides forward today, even if the McLaren cars are still lagging behind the rest.
"The reality is that we've made progress in the past couple of weeks, but clearly not enough," said Whitmarsh.
"There's more to come, though, and everyone at Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart is working as hard as they can to turn things around in the shortest time possible."
Nevertheless, Hamilton faces the prospect of opening his title defence from almost the back of the grid on Sunday.