Lewis Hamilton will be hit with a ten-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix, due to Mercedes swapping his internal combustion engine.
It has been debated throughout the last two weeks whether Mercedes will decide to give Lewis Hamilton his fourth engine of the season at the Turkish Grand Prix.
Now it is official, Mercedes has confirmed that Hamilton will be fitted with a new unit, which will trigger a ten-place grid penalty on Sunday.
Taking on a new unit was inevitable, and Istanbul Park seems to be a good place to take the penalty, since it has usually been a strong track for Hamilton. Lewis’ fourth engine is expected to last until the end of the season.
Mercedes has also decided to change the exhaust on Lewis’ car, but there will be no penalty because it is within his permitted allocation.