Hamilton says engine gamble has put him ahead after ‘bonus’ Spa fightback
Lewis Hamilton is hoping the disadvantage of early-season reliability problems could turn into a strength after his Mercedes team replenished his pool of engines during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
The reigning world champion accrued a total of 60 grid penalty places by introducing additional power unit components in each of the three free practice sessions.
With the power units divided into multiple components, Hamilton broke into his sixth, seventh and eighth engines, meaning he has three available for the final eight races of the year.
“We changed three engines, I’m actually ahead on engines, which is a good thing,” said Hamilton, who climbed from the back of the grid to finish third at Spa.
“I can fight in the last eight races. To come out with a clean race, only lose 10 points and have three new engines is a super bonus today.”