Formula 1 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will start with a penalty of at least ten positions at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, due to an engine change beyond what is authorized.
After Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in Russia a fortnight ago, his rival for the title is going to be penalized for a 4th engine this season in his car. Before this 16th race (of 22 in total) at the Istanbul Park circuit, Hamilton is just two points clear of the Dutchman.
The number of changes to the different elements of the single-seater powertrain is limited each season and any change beyond a certain number is automatically penalized.
At the moment, in the first free trials this Friday morning, only the internal combustion engine of the 44th car of the seven-time world champion has been changed, according to the technical report sent by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
One or more power unit changes this weekend will earn Hamilton one or more penalties.
Thus, for example, Ferrari decided to mount a whole new version of its hybrid engine in Carlos Sainz’s car. As several elements have been changed in violation of the FIA sports code, the Spaniard will start on Sunday from the back of the grid. AFP (HN)