Lewis Hamilton starts the Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after an engine penalty… a week after he apologized for accusing his Mercedes team of ‘f***ing screwing’ him during the Dutch Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton will be forced to take on his fourth engine of the campaign
- Hamilton’s impending penalty puts an end to hopes of fighting for victory
- Last week he apologized for accusing his team of ‘f****** fucking’ him
- Thursday’s news comes as yet another blow in a turbulent campaign
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of another famous win at Monza were dashed on Thursday before an engine was started.
He is doomed to start at the back of the grid after taking on his fourth engine of the season, one more than Formula 1 rules allow.
The world champion, who has won five Ferraris here, has yet to take his first win of a campaign that saw him take one blow after another. Just last week, he accused his Mercedes team of ‘f****** fucking him with a strategy blooper in the Netherlands.
Lewis Hamilton starts from the back of the grid for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix
The seven-time champion collided with Fernando Alonso two weeks ago in Spa-Francorchamps
Hamilton has not won since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last December. He is 152 points behind runaway leader Max Verstappen and 30 behind teammate George Russell.
His run of wins, which he has won at least once a season since his debut in 2007, is under threat with just six rounds left after Sunday’s quick blast.
But he said, ‘That record is of no importance to me. I am grateful that every year I have had the chance to win.
“I will have to recover from the back as best I can here, but I have the chance before the season is over.”
Thursday’s news of a motorbike penalty comes as yet another blow in a turbulent campaign
While Mercedes wants to hide the possibility of Hamilton retiring when his contract expires next year by talking to free agent Daniel Ricciardo – as revealed by Sportsmail on Thursday – the 37-year-old Briton took a defiant tone.
“For me it’s about winning another world championship and that no driver has gone beyond seven,” he said.
“I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I’ll be with Mercedes until the day I die.’