Hamilton: "Grid penalty is justified"

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Lewis Hamilton stumbles from one setback to another. After all the on-track collisions and career lows of recent months plus the separation from long-term companion Nicole Scherzinger, the McLaren driver has been hit with a new penalty in India. For ignoring yellow flags in the first practice session, the race stewards have bumped him down the grid by three positions.

"I didn't disengage my DRS, so the penalty is justified," admitted Hamilton. He went into the meeting with the stewards and immediately held his hand up, saying that he accepted any penalty they cared to impose. "Of course I'm frustrated, but as always it was my fault – I'm sitting in the cockpit, no one else. Now I'll have to do the best I can from whatever grid position I'm in to make up the lost ground. It is not the end of the world; we can still recover from this, but once again we've been wrong-footed."

Because of the two DRS zones at the Buddh International Circuit, Hamilton believes that he still has a chance to catch and overtake the front-runners: "It's a high downforce circuit in terms of being very hard to follow the car in front, but with the DRS, I think it will make it more possible."