Hamil­ton con­sid­ers cop­ping dou­ble Mercedes en­gine penalty in or­der to store parts

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Lewis Hamil­ton is mulling over tak­ing a dou­ble en­gine penalty at a forth­com­ing grand prix in or­der to cre­ate a pool of race en­gines to get him to the fin­ish of the sea­son.

Hamil­ton was forced to take his fifth tur­bocharger dur­ing the Aus­trian GP re­cently, mean­ing it is in­evitable that he will be forced to take a 10-place grid drop at some point with the sin­gle unit not be­ing able to last the re­main­ing 11 races.

When a driver ex­ceeds his five al­lo­cated en­gine com­po­nents it trig­gers an au­to­matic 10-place penalty, and should they take another on the same week­end they will start at the back of the grid.

Hamil­ton has con­fessed that he could take two new en­gines at one round in an ef­fort to cre­ate a pool of spare parts to get him through the sea­son with­out fur­ther sanc­tion.

The down­side of that plan is that it would make Hamil­ton in­el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive any per­for­mance or reli­a­bil­ity up­grades Mercedes may have in the pipe­line.

Hamil­ton said when asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing a dou­ble penalty to ease his spares sit­u­a­tion: “That’s a so­lu­tion I’ve come up with my­self. That would def­i­nitely be some­thing that could be done. I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to be tak­ing another en­gine. It’s more of a ques­tion of when I take it.

“The strate­gists will be look­ing at it at all the races and say­ing ‘This is a track where it is eas­ier to over­take’. Ul­ti­mately it’s my de­ci­sion be­cause I’m the one who ac­tu­ally knows where I’ll be able to do the job in the best place.

“I have to be strate­gic in how I de­cide that, but it would be nice to get a few en­gines in the pool at the same time. I hope at some point I’m able to get some fresh ones.”

Lewis: it’s tac­ti­cal

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