Turkish GP: Why Is Lewis Hamilton Only Getting a 10-Place Grid Penalty for Engine Change?

Published 10/08/2021, 5:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, there was much talk regarding whether Lewis Hamilton will use a new engine; a decision that would see him receive a penalty.

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The rumor came true, but instead of getting a whole new power unit, Mercedes have only changed one component of the engine. This means instead of starting at the back of the grid on Sunday, Hamilton would just get a 10-place grid penalty.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Lewis Hamilton will receive a grid penalty for the Turkish GP

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There are various parts to an F1 engine. each part is unique in its own ways, helping the car to extract maximum performance. There is the MGU-K, MGU-H, the ERS system, and the ICE.

If the entire engine is replaced, the driver will start at the very back of the grid. However, in the case of Hamilton, he will just receive a 10-place grid penalty. This is due to the fact that Mercedes just replaced the Internal Combustion Engine on Lewis’s car.

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Is Hamilton going to have a tough weekend in Turkey?

The Turkish GP weekend has already gotten off to a rough start from the 7-times world champion. Regardless of where he places his car in Saturday’s qualifying session, he will receive a 10-place grid penalty.

Nevertheless, Hamilton will still look to set the best time possible in the quali session. Another thing that is on Lewis’ mind is extending his lead against arch-rival and title contender, Max Verstappen.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The Knight is hoping to beat the Dutch driver once more this season. Hamilton knows the many obstacles he will have to overcome this weekend to see the chequered flag in first place.

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Regardless, the F1 community is looking forward to the race this weekend at the Istanbul Park? What are your predictions for the 36-year-old driver at the Turkish Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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