Turkish GP: Mercedes considering Lewis Hamilton engine penalty at Istanbul as title battle hots up

Lewis Hamilton taking a new engine and starting at the back of the grid for Turkish GP is “a possibility”, says Toto Wolff; Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen took penalty in Russia and recovered from 20th to second behind Mercedes driver

Mercedes have conceded that Lewis Hamilton taking a motor punishment during the current end of the week’s Turkish GP is “possible” as they hope to stay away from dependability disappointments in the championship battle against Max Verstappen.

Hamilton has hustled with three motors so far this season – the most extreme allowed in F1 – however with seven races staying in the 2021 season there is a solid possibility he will require a fourth, which would send him to the rear of the network for the race where he first uses it.