Lewis Hamilton out of Dutch GP FP2 due to power unit issue

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Lewis Hamilton managed to do only five minutes of running in Dutch Grand Prix Free Practice 2 due to Mercedes’ second engine issue of the day.

Free Practice 1 was red flagged when Sebastian Vettel was forced to stop his Aston Martin due to a problem with Mercedes’ power unit.

The session was stopped for 37 minutes, so drivers manage to do only limited running. Unfortunately in FP2 Lewis managed to do only five minutes before he reported a “loss of power”.

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Mercedes later said they have “no indication in the data” on what caused the failure.

This is definitely not good considering this is a new track in the calendar and Lewis managed only 28 minutes of running out of two one hour sessions.

Hopefully the team will solve the problem and Lewis will be able to make up for it in Saturday’s third free practice.

UPDATE: RacingNews365.com reports that Mercedes told them that “Hamilton was running ‘PU1’, the highest mileage unit in his pool, and that the issue was caused by an unusual behaviour in the oil system”.

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