F1: Hamilton takes five-place grid penalty at German GP

Lewis Hamilton will start 20th in the German Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton won’t be forced to start from the pitlane after the FIA accepted that his change of brake disc brand from Brembo to Carbon Industrie does not represent a change of car specification under parc ferme conditions.

Article 34.2 of the 2014 Sporting Regulations states: "It must be clear that any replacement part a team wishes to fit is similar in mass, inertia and function to the original. Any parts removed will be retained by the FIA."

FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer has apparently accepted that the Carbon Industrie discs are a suitable replacement for the Brembos.

However, Hamilton has changed his gearbox after the accident and a five-place penalty drops him from 15th to 20th.