Report: Lewis Hamilton Set to Take Up His Engine Penalty in Mexico City

Published 09/29/2021, 2:56 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


The end of summer break and consequent commencement of the Belgian Grand Prix triggered a wave of engine penalties, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas being the first in line to pay the price for a new power unit. The Finn did an exceptional job of finishing the race in P3, after starting from the back of the grid.

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Then followed Max Verstappen, who took up the engine penalty at Sochi last weekend, along with other drivers, including Charles Leclerc, Nicholas Latifi, and shockingly, Bottas, again.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images,)

Amidst the blazing hot championship rivalry, Verstappen managed to use the dynamic weather to his fullest advantage to bring home his Red Bull in P2 at the Russian GP. Yes, the Dutchman yet again lost his lead in the championship, but that wouldn’t bother him much, with the difference being a measly 2 points.

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And now, Lewis Hamilton awaits his turn! But when is his engine penalty going to arrive? Many suggested the switch to take place at Istanbul Park next weekend, considering the eventful race last season, thanks to the pre-race showers. However, Mercedes aren’t really keen on bringing in a new power unit at the Turkish GP.

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Mercedes have designed a road map that is nowhere similar to most of the grid. According to FormulaPassion, the seven-time world champion’s turn will arrive later in Mexico. The Mexican Grand Prix will take place on November 7, 2021, after Turkey and the United States.

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This is certainly a smart strategical play from Mercedes. Hamilton, as always, could be quite deadly over the closing stages of an F1 season. And, yet again, he is starting to overpower his rival, having secured a win at Sochi, and almost reciprocating it at Monza as well.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Now, on top of that, a late switch to a new power unit could well give the Briton a massive power advantage over Verstappen during the final 5 race weekends, starting from the Mexican Grand Prix.

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Mexico could be a suitable track for Hamilton to make overtakes on, unless he gets caught up in a train of cars. But, on the whole, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez offers a massive main straight, which could well play a supporting role to Hamilton’s recovery drive from P20.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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