Toto Wolff Reveals Rain Factor in Key Lewis Hamilton F1 Decision at Turkish GP

Published 10/07/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


As teams prepare for the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul, one of the most talked-about topics is whether Lewis Hamilton will use a new engine for the race. If the Mercedes driver does opt for a new power unit, he would start at the back of the grid.

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However, Team Principal Toto Wolff is skeptical if they will use a new engine for this weekend. But at the same time doesn’t cross the idea, as there is rain predicted for the race.

Toto Wolff weighs in if Lewis Hamilton will get a new engine for Turkey

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The title fight between Hamilton and arch-rival Max Verstappen has never been this intense. Additionally, there are rumors about Lewis getting a new power unit which could make the race more interesting. However, Wolff doesn’t think a new engine would be used unless there are chances of rain.

As quoted by SoyMotor Wolff said, “It is very unlikely that Lewis will debut a power unit in Turkey, unless he has a problem in training.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

After Turkey, we must decide the most favorable place to start the engine. It must be on a track that is very favorable or very unfavorable for us … or where the rain occurs,” the Austrian boss explained. (Translated from Spanish via Google)

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The Knight will look to further extend his lead in the championship

The 7-times world champion regained the top spot in the standings after his heroics at the Russian Grand Prix. However, Lewis doesn’t have any breathing space, as the Red Bull prodigy is just two points behind him.

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Hence, it is no surprise that Hamilton would bring his A-game to the Istanbul Park this weekend, with the hopes of grabbing a win. The Knight aims to keep the Dutch driver in his rearview mirror and grab another victory for the Silver Arrows.

On the other hand, Verstappen would aim to bounce back after suffering defeat in Sochi. Nevertheless, things will get exciting as the two titans face each other once again this weekend.

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What are your predictions for the next chapter in their rivalry? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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