It seems like hardships are to not stop anytime soon for the reigning world champion, who is already behind Max Verstappen by 19 points in the respective standings. After being summoned by the stewards for the gap being too big when his DRS was opened. After Verstappen was giving a fine for touching the rear wing of the Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton has been disqualified from yesterday’s qualifying session and will start the F1 Sprint at the back of the grid.
After fetching pole position after long, the reigning world champion surely could not enjoy his start from the top of the pact for long. Especially after Max Verstappen being second, he will start the sprint qualifying from P1, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez to complete the front row. What a turn of events it has been, as now there are two Red Bull’s in the first 3 places.
Lewis Hamilton’s pole position taken away hours before sprint qualifying start
Having said that, the seven-time world champion opted to replace his combustion engine this weekend. It means Hamilton will also face a five-place grid penalty this Sunday, meaning he will start even further down the grid.
The news comes as a blow to Lewis Hamilton who must therefore watch Max Verstappen start Saturday’s sprint race from first position.
While Valtteri Bottas will start in second place, Sergio Perez will take third on the grid. Hamilton is likely to have to start from the pit lane having broken parc ferme regulations