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Mercedes reveals it received engine penalties to avoid a ‘catastrophic’ result of not finishing the race

Mercedes reveals that they have had to receive multiple engine penalties to avoid the “ catastrophic ” result of failing to finish a race in their bid to hand over another world title for Lewis Hamilton.

  • Mercedes reveals that they installed new engines to avoid the result of not finishing the race
  • Valterri Bottas was fitted with a new engine at the United States GP on Sunday
  • With five races to go, Lewis Hamilton follows Max Verstappen by 12 points


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Mercedes says their recent engine penalties stem from fears of a “catastrophic” outcome that would put them behind in their battle against Red Bull.

Mercedes has had several interruptions throughout the season so far as it has used more power unit components and has had more grid penalties as a result than all of its rivals.

During the United States GP on Sunday, Valterri Bottas installed a new engine (ICE), leading to talk of another penalty for Lewis Hamilton.

Valterri Bottas was fitted with a new engine during the United States GP on Sunday.

Valterri Bottas was fitted with a new engine during the United States GP on Sunday.

But chief strategist James Vowles has revealed that it was due to a fear of not finishing the Grand Prix as we head into the last five races of the season.

Vowles explained in the team’s recent race report: ‘The reason is that we are balancing performance with reliability until the end of the season.

‘A failure to finish a race, be it from a chassis or power unit failure, would be catastrophic for the championship and as a result of that, we are handling it in the best possible way until the end of the year.

“In Valtteri’s case, that meant bringing one more ICE to make sure we had the best compromise.”

Lewis Hamilton (right) follows Max Verstappen (right) by 12 points with five runs remaining

Lewis Hamilton (right) follows Max Verstappen (right) by 12 points with five runs remaining

Lewis Hamilton (right) follows Max Verstappen (right) by 12 points with five runs remaining

Vowles added: ‘As for whether (Bottas’) performance improved, yes, a small amount, but it’s more about balance in the rest of the season than an event.

“So this change, as painful as it was during the Austin Grand Prix, will actually pay dividends in the upcoming races.”

Mercedes currently leads Red Bull by 23 points in the team standings, but their hopes for another Drivers’ Championship title are still on the line, as Hamilton is 12 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The last five races of the season are in Mexico, Brazil, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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