Toto Wolff acknowledges that the Mercedes camp is thinking about an engine change at Lewis Hamilton, possibly already in Turkey. The team boss of the German racing stable does not want to end the season with a DNF because the engine in the title candidate’s car has stopped.
After the engine change at Max Verstappen, it has been the question for some time whether Lewis Hamilton will also receive a fourth power source, and therefore a grid penalty, in the 2021 season. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff acknowledges that they are considering in the near future to deploy an extra source of power and thus take a penalty. Possibly as early as next weekend.
“It is certainly a possibility for us,” confirms the team boss of the German racing stable at Sky Sports F1. However, he does add a small caveat here. “When and how, we haven’t decided yet, but the most important thing is that we don’t get DNF because of the reliability of the engine. The championship is still going on, so we are looking at the engine so that we don’t suffer from the reliability problems.”
Hamilton’s racing stable may already want to make an engine change during the next race on the calendar, the GP of Turkey. Wolff does not reveal too much about the details, and says he mainly looks at it per race. With seven races to go in 2021, however, it seems a matter of the sooner the better. “But we look at it race by race,” said the Mercedes team boss.