Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:52:08 GMT

Hamilton gets three-place grid penalty at Indian GP

Former champion Lewis Hamilton’s chances of winning the inaugural Indian Grand Prix suffered a jolt as he was handed a three—place grid penalty for ignoring double—waved yellow flags after setting the fastest lap time in the free practice session here on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain passes the security check point to enter the paddock ahead of Sunday's Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, 38 kilometers (24 miles) from New Delhi, India Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

The penalty means that even if Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, goes fastest in the qualifying session tomorrow, he will have to start the race in the fourth position at the Buddh International circuit.

The incident happened close to the conclusion of the session at turn 16.

Marshals were in proximity to the track and double yellow flags were waved but Hamilton raced on at his usual speed.

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