Mercedes ponder engine hit in Turkey

05 October 2021 19:42:21 GMTPlus11
Lewis Hamilton is locked in battle for the Drivers' championship

Toto Wolff admits the Turkish Grand Prix might be the best time to give Lewis Hamilton a fresh engine which would cause the Mercedes man to start from the back of the grid.

The driver's championship race is on a real knife-edge at the minute with Hamilton just two points clear of  MaxVerstappen - the Briton is available at 4/6 to win the championship for an eighth time while Verstappen is 6/5 to claim a maiden triumph.

Grid penalty a possibility

Rules state that drivers are allowed no more than three power units per season with a grid penalty the punishment for those who go over the limit.

In the Russian Grand Prix last time out, Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas took a new engine while Red Bull also bit the bullet to give one to Verstappen, though the grid penalty had limited effect as a combination of good timing and hard racing saw him scythe through the field to finish second.

Now, the same dilemma is upon the Silver Arrows who are reluctant to take any gambles despite their sheer reliability during the 2021 season.

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Hamilton's accident with Verstappen at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix was the 36-year-old's only DNF of the season.

Wolff ponders Turkey call

However, team boss Wolff has hinted that the Turkish Grand Prix, to be held at the Istanbul Park circuit will be the ideal opportunity to take the grid hit and says they cannot afford any DNFs in the last seven races.

"Reliability versus performance is always the fine line that you need to get right," the Austrian said,

"And as I said before, DNF-ing obviously is a no-go for the championship, and nobody, neither us nor our competitors can afford a zero-point race weekend.

"It's a possibility," he added when asked about the engine change situation. "When, and how, is not yet decided."

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