Lewis Hamilton given Chinese Grand Prix grid penalty

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will be given a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix after the team changed his gearbox.

The 2008 world champion has started from pole position and finished third in both races this season.

Hamilton is second in the drivers' championship, five points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"It doesn't alter my approach. I still have to qualify as high as possible," said Hamilton, 27.

"I won from third last year so I'll try to win from further back. I'll have to try to start sixth if possible or somewhere close to that."

McLaren have not revealed details of the gearbox problems that caused them to change it.

Chinese Grand Prix 2012, day three

  • Saturday 14 April: Third practice 0355-0505 BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; Qualifying 0630-0800 BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Qualifying replay 1300-1430 BBC Two and Red Button.

Chinese Grand Prix 2012, day three

  • Sunday 15 April:: Race 0700-1030 BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Race replay 1400-1600 BBC One.