Formula 1. Turkish Grand Prix: new engine for Lewis Hamilton, who will start at the bottom of

Leader of the Formula 1 world championship, Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will start with a penalty of at least ten places in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, due to an engine change beyond the authorized quotas.

After the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in Russia a fortnight ago, it is therefore his rival for the title who will be penalized because of the use of a 4th engine this season on his car. Before this 16th round of 22 on the Istanbul Park circuit, Hamilton is only two points ahead of Verstappen.

The number of changes to the different elements of the single-seater powertrain is limited each season and any change beyond a certain number is automatically penalized.

A start in the last row on Sunday?

For the moment, only the internal combustion engine has been replaced on the N.44 car of the seven-time world champion, according to the technical report sent by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

One or more changes to the power unit this weekend will earn Hamilton one or more other penalties.

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Thus, Ferrari has, for example, decided to fit a completely new version of its hybrid engine on Carlos Sainz’s single-seater. As several elements have been changed in breach of the FIA ​​sporting code, the Spaniard will start from the back of the grid on Sunday.

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