Hamilton hit with grid penalty
Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton suffered a left-rear tyre failure on his Mercedes on his in-lap at the end of final practice, which also resulted in damage to the suspension.
As a consequence of changing the left-rear corner of the car, the team have also had to replace the gearbox, resulting in the grid penalty.
Although on pole position a week ago in China, from where the 28-year-old finished third, balance issues have affected Hamilton so far this weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Hamilton finished fourth quickest in final practice, just over two tenths of a second behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton is the third driver to face a penalty for Sunday's race as Mark Webber was handed a three-place drop after colliding with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne in Shanghai.
Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez will also drop five places following qualifying after he ran into the back of Force India's Adrian Sutil in the same race.