Lewis Hamilton on possible engine swap and his Turkish GP chances

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Lewis Hamilton talks about the possibility of an engine swap ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, and his chances in the race.

In 2020 Lewis Hamilton won the wet Turkish Grand Prix and his seventh world title in spectacular fashion. However, it wasn’t easy, as he had trouble in qualifying and started the race from P6.

However, he is optimistic that this year it will be easier for Mercedes.

“I think we’ve understood some of the issues that we had that weekend and I think we rectified some of that in the race, so I think we’re better prepared,” said the Briton.

“I think the track has potentially shifted a little bit, so we might be faced with slightly different challenges this weekend.”

Lewis goes on to explain how he felt when he won last year’s spectacular race and his seventh championship.

“It was of course an incredible moment, and what a difficult race. It was a challenging weekend… a really difficult weekend for us as a team.

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“To then have come out on top, with no real mistakes within the race – it was an emotional time. I was saying to Bono [his race engineer Pete Bonnington] just now that it’s crazy, because this past 18 months, I’ve never celebrated a win.

“Even when I won the World Championship, I didn’t celebrate, and it’s crazy because before of course you would take a moment to enjoy those things.”

Despite Lewis’ optimism for this year, it is still unclear whether Mercedes will have to swap Lewis’ engine ahead of the race. He is currently on his third unit, but it is expected that he will have to swap it before the season is over, which will trigger a grid penalty.

However, the Briton doesn’t think the swap will be necessary in Turkey.

“At the moment, I still have number two and three. So I don’t envisage us having to take one at the moment. But that could change.

“Who knows?” concluded Hamilton.

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