Lewis Hamilton will start the Chinese Grand Prix from the back of the grid after striking yet more technical issues in qualifying.

The defending champion was already destined to start five positions lower than where he would qualify after Mercedes made a pre-event gearbox change, but a problem with the ERS ahead of qualifying would prevent him from setting a time.

Indeed, despite Mercedes' best efforts to fix the ERS problem during a protracted red flag period in Q1, the W07 would still be down on power when he re-emerged onto track and he was unable to complete a competitive lap.

"I am sure the guys are just as gutted as I am, but we win and lose together," Hamilton said. "It is really just a case of trying to figure out the issue now and making sure it doesn't happen again to either of our cars."

The last time Hamilton went out in Q3 was in Hungary back in 2014 and then he fought back to finish on the podium.

Asked if that gives him inspiration, he replied: "You can overtake here, but tyres don't last as well. So it is perhaps not as simple as it was in that race. But of course I will give it everything I have got to try and get up. It isn't over until it is over.

"It [the car] is quick and hopefully if they get the issue fixed we can actually have a race tomorrow."