Mercedes had previously stated that Lewis Hamilton would be forced to take a grid penalty as a result of his broken engine at the Grand Prix weekend in Zandvoort later in the season but has since changed its mind.
It’s possible that Mercedes doesn’t require it, according to reports on GPblog.
Max Verstappen’s future grid penalty has been made plain by Red Bull Racing. One engine has been entirely written off as a result of Verstappen’s incident at Silverstone, and the other engines will not make it to the end of the season.
Sergio Perez has already taken his penalty in the Netherlands, and Verstappen is set to do so in Russia.
Hamilton’s new engine
Following a malfunction with Hamilton’s engine in Zandvoort, Mercedes announced that Lewis will be forced to take a grid penalty in order to introduce a fourth engine. The team, on the other hand, is now backing away from that position.
“No, it’s not an absolute must because we’re still running very comfortably with this power unit,” Toto Wolff has revealed according to Motorsport.com.
“It’s a decision that can be made at any time but, at the moment, we don’t feel it’s necessary. Does that mean we’re not going to take a fourth? No, it doesn’t. We will see how the next races pan out,” said the Mercedes team boss.