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Mercedes might change Hamilton’s engine in Turkey

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton. Credits: Daimler.

The Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff admits that an engine change for Lewis Hamilton might be imminent as early as the Turkish GP.

Why it matters: Hamilton currently leads the championship by 2 points from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen


  • Title rival Verstappen took a new power unit at the Russian GP, getting P2 from last on the grid.
  • Mercedes has stated several times that there are “question marks” regarding the reliability of their engine.

What he had to say:

  • “It’s a possibility. When, and how, is not yet decided,” Wolff told Sky Sports News.
  • “Most important is that you don’t DNF because of a reliability issue. You can cope with swings, whether you finish second, third, I think that is OK, the championship is going to go long. But if you don’t finish…”
  • “So we are looking at the parameters of the engines, making sure we don’t suffer from any reliability problems.”
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