Lewis Hamilton, of Mercedes, will face an uphill battle to try and win the Turkish GP. Picture: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA
Lewis Hamilton, of Mercedes, will face an uphill battle to try and win the Turkish GP. Picture: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Massive grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton for Turkish GP

By AFP Time of article published Oct 8, 2021

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Istanbul - Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton will have a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix after being punished for using too many engine parts, race organisers said ahead of practice on Friday.

Mercedes are using a fourth part to reduce the risks of Hamilton suffering a failure during a championship run-in that is closer than for years.

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Just three parts are permitted under the rules.

The team argue they have taken the decision to boost performance.

Hamilton's rival for the title, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, received a similar penalty two weeks ago.

Because seven-time world champion Hamilton has only taken one power unit component, he will not be punished with a full grid relegation.

Verstappen is just two points behind the Briton ahead of this weekend's race.

More to follow ...

AFP

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