Lewis Hamilton is determined to strike back against Ferrari at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, after being forced to concede the first victory of 2018 at the season opening race two weeks ago.
The four-time World Champion has his work cut out for him though. Following on from the first free practice session at the floodlit Sakhir circuit, the FIA announced that Lewis’ Mercedes-AMG Petronas W09 EQ Power+ race car was being fitted with a new gearbox. This means that even if Lewis secures pole position during qualifying, he has to start the race in sixth.
A statement issued from the Silver Arrows said: “We had an hydraulic leak in Melbourne race and were fortunate to finish the race. Unfortunately we couldn’t repair the box within the six-race cycle so need to take a fresh one, incurring the grid penalty."