Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff, admitted that in the second half of the season, both Mercedes cars could receive grid penalties.

The German team decided to introduce the third Power Unit of the season, meaning that the next time they need to use a new engine, they will receive a penalty.

“Every engine is degrading and you have a fresh one,” Wolff told Sky Sports. “It has that notch more performance and if it gets tight then you have to have this discussion.

“But at the moment, we’re still counting on finishing it with three. In any case, it’s very tight with three engines this season and it’s something that everybody needs to monitor, whether you want to take a penalty to just have extra power.”

Wolff also spoke about the first Free Practice session, saying that both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are in good shape.

“Lewis’ lap was compromised because we ran into traffic at the end, it was a bit of a hairy moment,” said Wolff. “But I think we’re in ok shape so far.

“We need to learn a little bit from the downforce levels. We ran the two different ones on both cars.

“I’m not quite sure that this [Bottas’s rear wing] is the one we can run on the weekend. But it’s good to have done a back-to-back test and Lewis didn’t put the lap in, he was a little bit faster.”

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