Lewis Hamilton took a brand new factor in his engine and dropped 10 locations on the grid on the Turkish GP, Mercedes won’t rule out a fifth Power Unit relying on factors battle towards Max Verstappen; six races to go in 2021, beginning with United States GP

Last Updated: 14/10/21 6:12am


Speaking on Saturday at the Turkish GP, Toto Wolff explained that 'gremlins' are the main cause for Lewis Hamilton's engine swap and his subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

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Speaking on Saturday on the Turkish GP, Toto Wolff defined that ‘gremlins’ are the primary trigger for Lewis Hamilton’s engine swap and his subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

Speaking on Saturday on the Turkish GP, Toto Wolff defined that ‘gremlins’ are the primary trigger for Lewis Hamilton’s engine swap and his subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has defined the reliability concerns that led to Lewis Hamilton taking a brand new engine on the Turkish GP, and shouldn’t be ruling out another swap and grid penalty earlier than the tip of the season.

Hamilton took a brand new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) ultimately weekend’s race, dropping him 10 locations on the grid after topping qualifying. He finally got here again to complete fifth, though misplaced his championship result in Max Verstappen, who he now trails by six factors with simply six races to go.

The Englishman had beforehand spoken of his hope of attending to the tip of the season with out a new engine however Wolff insisted the choice in Istanbul was not a tactical one.

“We had to do it,” the workforce boss informed Sky Sports F1. “We saw some data on the Internal Combustion unit that didn’t look very promising and a DNF is a total killer for the championship.”

Wolff added: “We’ve seen over the course of the season that we’ve had some little gremlins that we weren’t completely sure where they came from and how much performance they could potentially cost.

“So we might somewhat have a brand new engine within the pool and that we perceive that may probably go longer.”

Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton 'made a mistake' by disagreeing with his Mercedes team over strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix

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Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton ‘made a mistake’ by disagreeing with his Mercedes team over strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix

Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton ‘made a mistake’ by disagreeing with his Mercedes team over strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix

Wolff also admitted there were some “uncommon noises” coming from Hamilton’s engine before the change, and said Mercedes, who have been king of speed and reliability in the hybrid era, “are analysing how we are able to stop it sooner or later.”

“I feel we perceive significantly better now the place the basis trigger lies and it is one thing that may occur once in a while if you happen to simply have a fabric situation, a batch drawback and these are the issues that you must take into account,” explained Wolff.

Hamilton’s new ICE was his fourth of the season, one more than is permitted in the regulations. But Wolff also refused to rule out his lead driver taking a fifth Power Unit – just as Valtteri Bottas has done in the other Mercedes – depending on how the points battle with Max Verstappen and Red Bull is going.

“It [fourth ICE] can final till the tip of the season however there may very well be a second the place we are saying is it value taking a recent one as a result of the opposite one continues to be in danger,” mentioned Wolff

Lewis Hamilton felt he should have either stayed out or taken the decision to pit earlier to maximise the best result at the Turkish GP

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Lewis Hamilton felt he should have either stayed out or taken the decision to pit earlier to maximise the best result at the Turkish GP

Lewis Hamilton felt he should have either stayed out or taken the decision to pit earlier to maximise the best result at the Turkish GP

“So that is one thing that’s going to be actually a piece in progress.”

Asked by Sky F1 again before the Turkish GP, Wolff said: “It’s seven powerful races forward of us. Let’s see how the factors pan out. I might by no means say no however usually 4 engines seems to be fairly enough.”

Speaking after the race on Sunday, Hamilton said he “wasn’t giving any vitality” to engine concerns and the potential of needing a fifth.

The championship battle continues on the United States GP, stay on Sky Sports F1 on October 22-24.

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