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Lewis Hamilton

Official: Hamilton hit with grid penalty after taking a fresh engine

Mercedes have confirmed that Lewis Hamilton has taken on a new engine for the Turkish Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton will be hit with a grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix, after taking on a new engine.

Hamilton has had his Mercedes fitted out with a fresh Internal Combustion Engine for the Istanbul weekend, meaning he will incur a 10-place grid penalty.

However, unlike many other engine penalties seen so far this season, Mercedes have elected not to change any of the engine ancillary components, such as the Turbocharger or MGUs. This means that Hamilton will only drop 10 spots from his qualifying position.

This is a different approach from Mercedes, compared to the decision made by title rivals Red Bull at the Russian Grand Prix last time out, where Max Verstappen took a fresh engine and ancillaries to start from the very back of the grid.

Also hit with a grid penalty is Carlos Sainz for Ferrari, although this is merely confirmation of the fact after Ferrari explained that he would take a fresh power unit for this weekend.

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