A penalty for Lewis Hamilton in the Turkish Grand Prix, which would benefit Max Verstappen, is ‘a possibility.’
At this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton might face an engine penalty.
Lewis Hamilton could face an engine penalty at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, giving Max Verstappen a good chance to retake the Drivers’ Championship lead. Formula One heads to Istanbul for the 16th of 22 races this season, with the championship battle tense.
Mercedes and Hamilton are also debating whether to accept an engine penalty in Turkey or at a later event.
With seven races left in the season, the seven-time world champion will almost probably have to use a fourth engine to avoid breaking down in the middle of a race and incurring a DNF.
In the driver’s standings, Hamilton is only two points ahead of Verstappen, despite the fact that he will start 20th on the grid after accepting a penalty in Turkey.
Verstappen achieved just that at the recent Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Red Bull’s foresight and favorable weather conditions allowed the Dutchman to limit the damage and finish second.
Hamilton won the race, claiming his 100th Formula One victory, although only by a hair over Verstappen, courtesy to the latter’s late charge up the order.
And Mercedes manager Toto Wolff says it’s possible Hamilton will take his own penalty at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
According to Sky Sports News, he said: “It’s conceivable. When and how is still up in the air. The most crucial thing is that you don’t DNF due of a problem with reliability.
“You can handle swings, so I don’t believe it matters if you finish second or third; the championship will go on for a long time. However, if you do not complete the task…
“As a result, we’re looking at the engine specifications to make sure we don’t have any reliability issues.”
If he does start from 20th, Hamilton will undoubtedly be eager to follow in the footsteps of Verstappen and rocket through the field in order to reduce the points gap as much as possible.
He’ll also be hoping for a favor from teammate Valtteri Bottas, as well as McLaren and Ferrari, to keep Verstappen from winning the full 25 points from another race victory.
Meanwhile, Wolff is looking forward to what comes next. “Brinkwire News Summary.”