Mechanical failure led to Lewis Hamilton’s crash in qualifying. (Photo: LAT Photographic)
Lewis Hamilton will start the German GP from 15th after he suffered a front right brake disc failure in Q1 and spun heavily into the tire wall.
Hamilton did not take part in Q2 and was thus officially 16th, but he gained a place from an Esteban Gutierrez grid penalty.
Out of choice Hamilton uses Brembo discs while Nico Rosberg uses Carbon Industrie – it’s not uncommon for drivers to swap around as they search for better feel in the car – so the German does not have an issue. The broken disc was new today and the team has no explanation for the failure, although the likelihood is that it was a one-off manufacturing fault.
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