Lewis Hamilton Gives His Verdict on Mercedes’ F1 Engine Dilemma at Italian GP

Published 09/12/2021, 3:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Mercedes opted to take the fourth power unit for Valtteri Bottas. As a result, the qualifying and sprint race winner will start the race rock bottom after exceeding the quota of power units, which automatically leads to a grid penalty.

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While Bottas’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, who lost his second power unit at Zandvoort, will have to take the fourth engine sometimes during the course of this season.

Meanwhile, after qualifying for Sunday’s race at a dismal fifth, the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, believes switching for a new power unit and suffering a grid penalty at the Italian GP would not be “the smartest thing.”

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What did Lewis Hamilton say?

As quoted by GPFans, when asked if he would switch the power unit same as his teammate, Valtteri Bottas ahead of the Italian GP, Lewis Hamilton replied: “I don’t think that is on the cards and I’m not sure that would be the smartest thing to do at this point.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron.

“At the moment, I have still got two engines and there is currently no plan for me to take an extra engine, hopefully, but we shall see,” added the Briton.

It should be an easy win for Max Verstappen: Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, who was expected to start the Italian GP from pole position, will start the race from fourth after a poor start at the sprint qualifying. While his arch-rival, Max Verstappen finished second and will be on the pole after finishing behind Bottas who will suffer a grid penalty.

Meanwhile, the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton expects an easy win for Max Verstappen at Monza.

“I don’t, it wasn’t that great, and it is what it is. That’s where it all started. So we lost a lot of points,” said Hamilton after the sprint qualifying.

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“I think we underestimated how they [soft tires] would behave. We’ve got to try to figure out how to get by the McLarens tomorrow and how to limit the damage.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021. McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini.

“You saw the pace of the Red Bull. I don’t know if he [Verstappen] was quicker than Valtteri but they’re so fast and now he’s on pole, so it should be an easy win for him. I’ve just got to try and get past the two guys ahead,” concluded Hamilton.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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