Istanbul: Lewis Hamilton, who emerged quickest in two practice sessions on Friday, is set to receive a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix as the championship leader has taken a new Mercedes engine at Istanbul Park, the Formula 1 stated on Friday.
Hamilton, who holds a two-point lead in the standings having won the Russian Grand Prix in which Red Bull’s Max Verstappen recovered from 20th to second having himself taken a new power unit was expected to take a new engine prior to this weekend.
His Mercedes W12 has been fitted with a new internal combustion engine (ICE) and exhaust but the driver has only exceeded his allocation of new ICEs.
As he has exceeded his allocation of new engines, he’s set to receive a 10-place penalty, however, Hamilton came from sixth to win the 2020 Turkish GP.
Carlos Sainz of Ferrari will also start the race from the rear with a new power unit.
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