Mercedes confirms defending world champion Lewis Hamilton will receive a new power unit for the Chinese Grand Prix following the MGU-H failure prevent him from setting a time in qualifying.
Early reports revealed that, problems with the Energy Recovery System (ERS) in his Mercedes resulted in the British driver failing to complete a lap and therefore bowing out of qualifying at the Q1 stage.
An unscheduled gearbox change meant that the man who is currently second in the drivers’ championship standings was already facing a five-place grid penalty prior to his unexpected elimination.
“Of course, it’s disappointing not to get out there today, it was going to be a tough weekend anyway with the grid penalty. Hamilton told the media.
“But these things are sent to try us. No one wants it easy – at least I know I don’t. We might be in the mud right now – but we’ll dig our way out.
“We’ve got a great car and the team are doing a great job. There are areas we can improve but it’s still early in the season and I know we’ll get there. It’s important that nobody lets their head drop.
“The best thing we can do is learn from it and move on. I’m sure the guys are just as gutted as I am – but what will be, will be. We win and lose together, so we’ll work hard to figure out what happened and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Hamilton at the back, Rosberg appears likely to extend his drivers’ title lead on Sunday, although the Shanghai International Circuit offers the Englishman plentiful overtaking chances.
The Brit last started from the back of the grid at the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix but battled back to finish third in that race.