Mercedes is considering giving Lewis Hamilton a new engine in Turkey, which would put him on a grid penalty. However, that is by no means certain yet, says team boss Toto Wolff: “The most important thing is that we do not have a cancellation due to a reliability problem.”
Teams are allowed three motorcycles per season from the so-called pool and also switch between those engines without penalty, but if a fourth is involved, that results in a grid penalty for the driver. Max Verstappen was given a new power source in Russia and had to start at the back but limited the damage by crossing the line in second, behind title rival Lewis Hamilton. For the Briton, it remains to be seen whether he can finish the season without that grid penalty. He has already removed all three engines from the this season pool used and with seven races to go, there seems to be a good chance that he too will have to reach for a new power source. That may already happen this weekend, team boss Toto Wolff said.
“It’s a possibility,” Wolff tells to Sky Sports. He adds: “When and how, that is not yet certain. Most importantly, we don’t get an outage due to a reliability issue. You can handle some fluctuations, whether you finish second or third is fine, the championship is still long. But if you don’t finish So we look at the parameters of the engines and make sure we don’t have any reliability problems,” said the Austrian.
Wolff recently indicated that Mercedes is having some question marks about the engine after Valtteri Bottas needed a new engine two races in a row. “Certainly, we are in the assessment phase: how should we proceed this year in terms of engines? It’s always about reliability versus performance, that’s always a fine line that you have to get right. As said: a dropout is not an option with a view to the title fight. We can’t afford a zero points weekend, neither can our opponent,” said Wolff.