Hamil­ton says en­gine gam­ble has put him ahead af­ter ‘bonus’ Spa fight­back

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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.”

Hamil­ton took some fresh en­gines

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