Hamilton raises suspense surrounding possible grid penalty – “Don’t see us being charged with it”

Lewis Hamilton has raised the suspense surrounding his possible grid penalty at the Turkish GP.

The news broke that Hamilton would take a ten-place penalty on race day. This will be due to Mercedes changing the ICE on his engine.

However, the rumours of issues with his power unit continue to swirl. It is very much likely that Mercedes will go all the way and take a full grid penalty on Sunday. If that is the case, they are doing a fantastic job at keeping the rest of the grid in the dark.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff told reporters that a new engine was available for Hamilton to use. Hamilton further raised the suspense surrounding his possible grid penalty, saying that it was still up in the air.

“At the moment I still have number two and three engines available,” Hamilton said, as quoted by the Independent.

Lewis Hamilton claimed his landmark 100th win in Russia last time out (Yuri Kochetkov/AP)
Hamilton (pictured) may still take a grid penalty in Turkey. Source: independent.co.uk

“I don’t envisage us having to take the penalty at the moment, but that could change.”


Hamilton is an excellent example of managing the tension of F1 and his other activities. He spoke about how he balances both, and how he blows off steam.

“I find it easy because I have these other outlets, so I can blow off steam in different ways,” the seven-time world champion said.

“The most important thing is to come back into the racing environment fresh, recovered, positive and I don’t really have any worries. I am able to arrive and just love doing my job

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I’ve found ways to get me on course, and I know what can also put me off course. I know what makes me tick and I’ll stick to them,” he concluded.

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