After proving to be virtually untouchable last year, Lewis Hamilton's 2016 season has hit a bit of a snag: He's just been hit with a five-position penalty in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix due to gearbox difficulties.
In F1, a gearbox has to last for six races before it can be changed, but per a , Hamilton decided to change his after the Bahrain Grand Prix, the second race of the season. That means Hamilton will start the Chinese GP no higher than in sixth place, no matter how well he qualifies.
Hamilton didn't seem too down about the penalty in an interview with Sky Sports.
"Naturally when you arrive in Shanghai and find out you're already going to be starting five places behind wherever I qualify is a kick in the goonies, but you just take it," said Hamilton. "Challenge is another opportunity to arise, rather than looking at the glass half empty, look at it half full."
Hamilton has won the Chinese GP four times in the past, and qualified on the pole seven times, but his teammate Nico Rosberg is on a five-race winning streak that started last year. Hamilton's penalty also could be good news for Scuderia Ferrari, which has had a disappointing start to 2016.