Lewis Hamilton thinks engine penalty during F1 2016 now inevitable

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton believes it is now inevitable he will get a grid penalty for exceeding his engine-part allocation at some point during the 2016 Formula 1 season

Lewis Hamilton thinks engine penalty during F1 2016 now inevitable

The reigning world champion encountered an identical MGU-H problem in Sochi qualifying to the one that affected him at Shanghai.

The team subsequently decided to fit his original unit from Australia, which had been used in the subsequent two races and then fitted with new parts after the China failure.

Engine penalties kick in when the sixth component of one of six items - internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K, control electronics and energy store - is used.

Hamilton is already up to his third turbocharger and MGU-H with 17 races remaining.

"I'm running out of engines so that's on my mind," he said.

"It's not that it's hurting, it's just... it's not great.

"What's pretty key is that we understand what it is, more so than before, and try and be careful in how we pick out all the engines because obviously I have only three for the rest of the year.

"So I'm going to have another penalty at some point, but I'll do the best job I can."

Hamilton also suspects he will get a grid penalty at some point for a stewards' reprimand, as being censured for rejoining the track incorrectly in qualifying in Russia put him within one reprimand of a grid demotion.

Despite the his poor run of form in the first four races, which leaves him 43 points adrift of team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg, Hamilton said his Sochi pace had buoyed him.

"We did a fantastic job in terms of getting the car where it needed to be," said Hamilton.

"I felt very strong with where we had the set-up, very happy and it was just another race I wasn't fully able to exploit that.

"In terms of the work we're doing, I come away with a glass half full - there is still a long way to go.

"If we take this performance we've had, my group of guys with the set-up and everything, there is no reason why we can't fight for wins.

"Once they fix the other issues, and hopefully we won't have any other issues, there are 17 [races] to go.

"If the last four are anything to go by, for sure there is more to come, but you just have to take it and twist it into positives."

shares
comments
F1 overtaking should be quality not quantity

Previous article

F1 overtaking should be quality not quantity

Next article

Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz suddenly closes his TV station

Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz suddenly closes his TV station
Load comments
Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words Plus

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words

Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi Plus

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces Plus

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2021
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021