Hamilton hit with ten-place grid penalty in Turkey

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Lewis Hamilton will obtain a ten-place grid penalty on the Turkish Grand Prix after Mercedes determined to suit a brand new engine to his automobile, taking him over his quota for the season.

For cost-saving causes, drivers are solely allowed to make use of three engines per yr and any extra models over that quota end in grid penalties. There was hypothesis that Mercedes would match different new energy unit elements to Hamilton’s automobile, reminiscent of a brand new turbocharger and hybrid system, which might have resulted in a back-of-grid penalty, however to date Mercedes has solely opted to exchange the engine itself, leading to a lesser ten-place penalty from wherever he qualifies.

The penalty may have ramifications on the title battle, with Hamilton main his foremost rival Max Verstappen by two factors forward of this weekend’s race in Turkey.

Purple Bull fitted a whole new energy unit to Verstappen’s automobile on the the final spherical in Russia, taking him over his quota on plenty of elements and leading to a back-of-grid penalty, however moist climate on the finish of the race allowed him to carve via the sector and end second, minimising the harm to his title marketing campaign.

Hamilton will hope to do the identical this weekend and can take some consolation from the very fact he gained in Turkey final yr after ranging from sixth place on the grid.

Carlos Sainz additionally acquired a grid penalty this weekend after Ferrari fitted a whole new energy unit to his automobile, which can see him begin from the again row of the grid.