F1: Lewis Hamilton faces a five-place grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix if he changes engines
Lewis Hamilton faces a five-place grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix after Mercedes decides to swap its engine with the British driver 19 points behind rival Max Verstappen in what would be a setback to his hopes. title.
- Lewis Hamilton to continue his search for his rival Max Verstappen in the Brazilian GP
- The Mercedes driver could see an engine change before Sunday’s race
- It could result in a five-place grid penalty and take a toll on your hopes of winning the title.
Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to win a record eighth Formula One title could have a huge impact as the Mercedes driver faces a grid penalty for an engine change in Brazil.
Mercedes is considering acquiring a new engine in Hamilton’s car ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this weekend and that would mean a five-place penalty on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.
Hamilton enters the last four races of this season 19 points behind his rival for the Red Bull title, Max Verstappen, and any penalty on the grid at this stage feels costly.
Lewis Hamilton faces a five-place grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix
Mercedes is considering an engine change with Hamilton 19 points adrift on top
When asked last night about the possibility of an engine change, Hamilton was shy but refused to rule it out.
“I can’t really comment (on a new engine) at this point,” said 36-year-old Hamilton. “As far as I know, my engines are fine, but I’ll find out later.”
Hamilton, who has won just one of the past eight races, would face a fifth power unit of the season after trading it in Turkey last month, only to finish fifth in Istanbul and three places behind title favorite Verstappen.
When asked how steep the challenge of staging a four-race comeback to be crowned champion once again is, Hamilton said: ‘I imagine how steep it can be. I think his pace was phenomenal in the last race.
“They have had a strong car all year. They’ve had the strongest car all year, it obviously shows. I think we did as well as we thought we could. ‘
Hamilton is chasing Max Verstappen for the title, but the penalty could ruin his hopes