Wolff open to engine change

13 October 2021 22:25:53 GMTPlus11
Wolff considering new Hamilton engine

Mercedes manager Toto Wolff has refused to rule out taking another new engine for Lewis Hamilton this season after their 10-place grid penalty at the Turkish GP.

Hamilton is 13/8 to win the USA Grand Prix and the British driver is 4/6 to win this season's Drivers' Championship.

Title battle continues

Hamilton is locked in a battle with Max Verstappen for the coveted drivers' title, with the Dutchman now six points clear after the Mercedes driver's fifth-place finish at the Turkish GP.

Mercedes are now 36 points clear of Red Bull in the Constructors' Championship, sitting on 433.5 points compared to Red Bull's 397.5.

If Hamilton managed to win the Drivers' Championship it would be his eighth in total and fifth consecutive title.

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Wolff considering engine switch

Wolff gave an update on the reasons behind the engine switch and refused to rule out a repeat of the process before the end of the season.

He told Sky Sports F1: "We had to do it. We saw some data on the Internal Combustion unit that didn't look very promising and a DNF is a total killer for the championship. We've seen over the course of the season that we've had some little gremlins that we weren't completely sure where they came from and how much performance they could potentially cost.

"It's seven tough races ahead of us. So this is something that is going to be really a work in progress. Let's see how the points pan out. I would never say no but normally four engines looks quite sufficient."

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