Chinese GP: Alonso in, Hamilton backed up

Lewis Hamilton’s Chinese Grand Prix weekend was just made a little more difficult now that he’ll face a 5-space grid penalty for a gearbox change heading into this weekend.

His teammate, Nico Rosberg, will be looking to continue his streak of two wins, five out of the last five grands prix, by taking advantage of Hamilton’s misfortune and maximizing points this weekend.

Further down the grid, McLaren are please that Fernando Alonso has been cleared to participate in the Chinese Grand Prix having passed medical tests. The Spaniard was still recovering from a cracked rib incurred in his crash in Australia and while his replacement driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, did a great job delivering the team’s only points this season, Alonso will be keen to get back in the car.