Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton given 30-place grid penalty

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton given 30-place grid penalty

Lewis Hamilton says he will try to limit the damage to his title hopes in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The defending champion made engine changes to his Mercedes in both practice sessions at Spa on Friday and has been given a 30-place grid penalty, which will only apply this weekend.

Hamilton has to use more than the permitted number of engine parts after problems early in the season.

“I feel OK. It is going to be an interesting Sunday,” said Hamilton. Hamilton starts the race with a 19-point advantage in the championship over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

According to the rules, a driver can drop no further than the back of the grid although Hamilton is joined by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson in incurring penalties.

The Briton said he did not yet know how the team would approach qualifying, given he will be at the back of the grid regardless.

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