Toto Wolff has refused to comment on a possible Lewis Hamilton penalty at the Italian GP.
As we approach the business end of the F1 season, a fourth power unit is being looked at by Mercedes. Using one will result in a grid penalty for the driver who takes it. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas has already taken one, and will start from the back of the grid on Sunday. This is despite him clinching pole and winning the sprint race.
Hamilton is on power unit 3 at the moment, and is looking increasingly likely to take the fourth option sooner than later. This will now have to be planned very strategically by Mercedes, so that they get the edge over title rivals Red Bull, who are also in the same position.
When asked if Hamilton will have to take a fourth power unit soon, Wolff offered few words. He also refused to comment on a possible Lewis Hamilton penalty at the Italian GP
“No, it’s not an absolute must, because we are still running very comfortably with this power unit,” Wolff told Racingnews365.
“It’s a decision that 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. I think we will see how the next races pan out.”
Hamilton’s costly mistake during sprint on Saturday will see him start the Italian GP from fourth position. Wolff called it “quite unusual”, but defended his driver.
“First of all, the starts can happen,” Wolff said.
“Between hero and zero on a start is such a fine margin. Having too much wheelspin happens, to be honest, and that bit us hard, but we still have everything to play (for).”