Helmut Marko is happy with the rumours of a potential Lewis Hamilton grid penalty at the Brazilian GP.
Mercedes’ engine problems have escalated in recent races, and they have been paying the price for it. Multiple penalties were taken by both their drivers across recent races, and some of them compromised their races.
Hamilton, however, has only taken one, and that was an ICE change. That made him serve a ten-place grid penalty, which he served in Turkey. It was not a good day at the office for him, as he could only finish in fifth place.
With the power units showing no signs of stability, the seven-time world champion may be in line to take a new one. This will be important to keep him in the title hunt, and also to help his team in the Constructors’ Championship.
Marko is happy with the rumours of a potential Lewis Hamilton grid penalty at the Brazilian GP, and stated that they will try to take advantage of it.
“For us, it is important that we are also in good shape in the Sprint qualification,” Marko said, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“If we are to believe the rumours, a grid penalty for Hamilton for an engine change will follow afterwards.
“Of course, that would suit us and satisfy us, so yes, we are going for that double win.”
Hamilton taking a penalty in Brazil could be a smart move from Mercedes. Interlagos will see sprint qualifying for the third time since Britain and Italy, so the penalty rules will be applied differently.
If a driver takes a grid penalty during a sprint qualifying weekend, it will not be applied after the traditional qualifying. Rather, it will come into force after Saturday, with the final position being determined when sprint is done.