Lewis Hamilton will serve a 10-place grid penalty in Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix after taking on a new engine – his fourth of the year, one more than is permitted.
Hamilton will avoid starting from the back as he is changing only the ICE (internal combustion engine) and not a full power unit. He will hope to come through the field like his title rival Max Verstappen did at the last race in Russia, when the Dutchman served his own grid penalty for taking on a full fourth engine and started at the rear of the field, but managed to finish second aided by some timely rain.
Hamilton finished fastest in the first practice session for Sunday’s race at Istanbul Park. The Mercedes driver finished four tenths of a second clear of Verstappen. Leclerc took third for Ferrari, one spot ahead of Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The seven-times world champion leads Verstappen by two points with seven races of a fiercely contested season remaining.