Lewis Hamilton preferred to take the engine penalty in Turkey

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Lewis Hamilton says at first he didn’t want to swap his engine ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, but ultimately he says Turkey was a good place to do it.

Lewis Hamilton will start the Turkish Grand Prix from P11 due to an engine swap ten-place grid penalty. After qualifying he explained why the decision was made to switch the engine in Turkey.

“Obviously there have been a lot of discussions over the past two… week and a half, whatever,” the Briton said.

“And I was pushing to hopefully keep engine number three and yeah, they were doing lots of work right up until Friday… Thursday night, I think it was, and they took the decision.

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“We knew that at some stage we would probably have to, just to be 100 per cent sure and safe so it was whether we took it here or somewhere else.

“Austin’s a pretty good place to do it but I preferred to do it here.”

Ultimately Lewis plans to try and minimise the impact of the penalty as much as possible, while also trying to balance the risks of cutting through the field.

“I will try and make sure it’s balanced. Of course we’ve got to try and minimise the damage and get up as high as possible,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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