Lewis Hamilton seemed to remain upbeat and positive despite crashing out of the Brazilian GP qualifying session
Lewis Hamilton is set to start from the pit lane in Sunday’s Brazilian GP with Mercedes making changes to his car after his crash in qualifying.
The world champion was set to start from 20th and last place on the grid after failing to set a time in Q1, but revealed Mercedes have taken his car out of parc ferme to make the necessary repairs and tweaks.
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Lewis Hamilton made an early exit from the Brazilian GP qualifying session after crashing his Mercedes in to the wall on his out lap, bringing out the red flag
Regulations dictate that cars start from the pit lane if they are taken out of parc ferme conditions.
“I think I’m starting from the pit lane so it’s not the most exciting, but we can only go forwards from there,” he said on Saturday night.
“I think they are making some changes.”
The pitlane start means Hamilton is unlikely to pick up as many positions on the opening lap as he would do starting from the grid.
However the world champion promised: “I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”
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Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, who had initially qualified 17th, will share the back row with Hamilton after receiving a 25-place grid penalty for engine component changes.
The Italian team have fitted the Frenchman’s car with its eighth and ninth MGU-H of the season, along with a seventh turbocharger.
Gasly’s team-mate Brendon Hartley will line up in 18th after being hit with a 10-place drop for the installation of an eighth MGU-H.
Toro Rosso’s recent unreliability and subsequent grid penalties had seen a furious row develop between themselves and engine suppliers Renault on Saturday, although Renault advisor Alain Prost and Red Bull chief Helmut Marko sought to defuse the situation ahead of Qualifying.
Daniel Ricciardo has also received a 10-place grid demotion after Red Bull also fitted an eighth MGU-H to his RB13 and the Australian will line up in 15th place.
Ricciardo, who has retired from the last two grands prix due to engine problems, will be starting on the soft tyre in a bid to close up to the front runners during the race.
Williams’ Lance Stroll has been hit by a five-place penalty for a gearbox change after grinding to a halt in final practice, although he actually moves forwards from 18th to 17th after Gasly and Hartley’s penalties are applied.
Brazilian GP grid – provisional Driver Team 1) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2) Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3) Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 4) Max Verstappen Red Bull 5) Sergio Perez Force India 6) Fernando Alonso McLaren 7) Nico Hulkenberg Renault 8) Carlos Sainz Renault 9) Felipe Massa Williams 10) Esteban Ocon Force India 11) Romain Grosjean Haas 12) Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 13) Kevin Magnussen Haas 14) Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 15) Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 16) Marcus Ericsson Sauber 17) Lance Stroll Williams 18) Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 19) Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 20) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
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