Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton’s hoping of taking victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday have been dealt a blow.

The three time world champion has been handed a 30 place grid penalty ahead of Sunday’s 44 lap race. The Mercedes drive goes into the event following the summer break with a 19 point lead over team mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton ended the opening day of practice in Spa in 13th place while Nico Rosberg ended the day in sixth place.

Hamilton is not the only one to have been handed a grid penalty as McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso was handed what is in affect a 35 place grid penalty after the Woking based outfit were forced to replace his power unit for a brand new one at the end of Free Practice 1.

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