Lewis Hamilton taking a unusual engine and starting in the support of the grid for Turkish GP is “a possibility”, says Toto Wolff; Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen took penalty in Russia and recovered from 20th to 2nd in the support of Mercedes driver
By Matt Morlidge
Final Updated: 05/10/21 9: 48am
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton might well perchance take an engine penalty at this weekend’s Russian GP.
Mercedes comprise admitted that Lewis Hamilton taking an engine penalty for this weekend’s Turkish GP is a “possibility” as they glimpse to e book sure of reliability failures in the championship combat towards Max Verstappen.
Hamilton has raced with three engines to this point this season – the utmost authorized in F1 – but with seven races closing in the 2021 season there’s a strong likelihood he’ll desire a fourth, which would ship him to the support of the grid for the streak where he first uses it.
Toto Wolff urged Sky Sports Files that Mercedes are desirous about taking the hit this weekend as F1 heads to Istanbul Park.
“Or not it is a possibility,” acknowledged the Mercedes boss, even supposing he additionally cautioned: “When, and how, will not be but determined.”
Lewis Hamilton turned the principle F1 driver to reach 100 career victories after winning the Russian Sizable Prix in Sochi.
Crimson Bull took their unusual engine and penalty for Verstappen on the Russian GP, with the Dutchman recovering from 20th to a remarkable 2nd place in the support of Hamilton, who easiest has a two-point title advantage as a outcome.
“Most fundamental is that you just do not DNF attributable to a reliability bother,” admitted Wolff. “You might well presumably additionally contend with swings, whether or not you carry out 2nd, third, I assure that’s OK, the championship goes to accelerate lengthy. Nonetheless if you occur to don’t carry out…
“So we’re taking a look on the parameters of the engines, making definite we do not suffer from any reliability complications.”
This weekend’s Turkish GP – are living easiest on Sky Sports F1 – is anticipated to be moist and is easiest the 2nd at Istanbul Park since 2011 after the game returned to the circuit closing twelve months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hamilton won closing twelve months’s moist streak to clinch his seventh world title, and will be aiming to shine all all over again this weekend in his expose to accelerate one other step in direction of a file-breaking eighth.
“Lewis has been huge there,” acknowledged Wolff. “Nonetheless we deserve to take every streak at a time. Or not it is so advanced, the autos are so shut. I’m uncommon to behold how this championship evolves.”
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Hamilton might well perchance additionally comprise won the Russian GP and re-taken the championship lead, but that buffer is easiest two aspects from Verstappen after his unbelievable comeback.
Speaking after that streak, Hamilton expressed his belief that Mercedes had not made the many of the replace to accelerate further sure of Crimson Bull and Verstappen, given their huge vehicle predicament on the excessive-prance Monza and Sochi.
“Or not it is not easiest the two races, there’s been heaps of races where we have not maximised, as a team, collectively, both drivers and all americans but we’re peaceable in a combat and we can continue to toughen,” acknowledged Hamilton.
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“There are definitely issues that we can try to carry out better transferring forwards but we fine will not be going to present up, we will fine preserve attempting, preserve pushing, remain hopeful and fine carry out the work.”
Many of the closing circuits on the calendar are anticipated to suit Crimson Bull extra, starting with this weekend’s Turkish GP.
“Successfully, definitely it goes to be advanced,” added Hamilton. “I assure, for two thirds of the season to this point they’ve had the brink. Nonetheless, it is obviously been advanced with every form of issues, curve balls sent to both of us and our teams.
“There’s peaceable all the pieces to play for in these subsequent races. I assure they’ve purchased an correct set of circuits rising and I watch for or fine continue to be the truth is shut between us. Lawful purchased to be hopeful of some correct races.”
Sky Sports F1’s are living Turkish GP agenda
4pm: The F1 Rate Are living (additionally streamed on Sky Sports F1 YouTube)
5pm: Drivers’ Press Conference
9am: Turkish GP Put together One Are living (session begins at 9.30am)
12.45pm: Turkish GP Put together Two Are living (session begins at 1pm)
9.45am: Turkish GP Put together Three Are living (session begins at 10am)
12pm: Turkish GP Qualifying Imprint-Up Are living
1pm: TURKISH GP QUALIFYING LIVE
5pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
11.30am: Sizable Prix Sunday: Turkey Are living
1pm: THE TURKISH GRAND PRIX LIVE
3pm: Turkish GP Chequered Flag Are living
4pm: Ted’s Notebook Are living
5pm: Turkish GP Highlights