Due to a catastrophic start to the racing season, the Mercedes F1 team has to make tough decisions in regard to engine parts replacements for their upcoming races. Now any engine replacements will come with tough penalties. According to Toto Wolff the Mercedes Boss, the decision on if and when to do an engine change relies on the performance of Hamilton at the Hungarian and German Grand Prix.
Should Hamilton have tough races at these Grand Prix, it’s likely a full engine replacement will be made at Spa-Francorchamps where long straights offer the opportunity for Hamilton to overtake the competition.
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Mercedes says the next two races will be key to deciding whether or not it will choose to take one or more deliberate engine penalties for Lewis Hamilton this season.
The reigning world champion had taken the greater share of Mercedes’ reliability dramas this season, with a spate of failures earlier on in the campaign.
In particular, a run of back-to-back MGU-H breakdowns at the Chinese and Russian Grands Prix means he has already used his full allocation of that power unit component up until now.
He has also used all five turbos so far too.
Hamilton is well aware that his world championship hopes are made more difficult by the prospect of penalties, which could leave him with grid penalties and an uphill battle against Nico Rosberg. Continue Reading