Lewis Hamilton will start from the bottom of the starting grid in the Italian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver will serve a penalty for using a fourth engine in his car.
The Brackley team installed the third motor in the W13 car during the Belgian Grand Prix, which saw it reach the maximum limit of most components it could use during the season. His collision with Fernando Alonso on the first lap caused damage to the powertrain the team intended to use in the Monza race.
Mercedes fitted a different engine to Hamilton’s car for last week’s Zandvoort race. With the Spa engine overhaul still ongoing, the team made the decision to fit a new power unit for this weekend’s race at Monza. The Italian circuit is known for its long straights, which require more power in the engine.
We will be installing this weekend [задвижващ агрегат номер четири] for Lewis,” a Mercedes spokesman said. “The reason for this is that although we are still working on the plan to restore the [силовия агрегат номер три], which was damaged at Spa, it cannot be released this weekend. This will be subject to grid penalties as it exceeds the season’s allocation.”
Hamilton will receive an automatic penalty, forcing him to start the race from the back of the grid in Italy.
Mercedes enters the Italian Grand Prix weekend expecting a tougher race, than in Zandvoort. There, the Silver Arrows were very close to victory if not for the safety car due to Yuki Tsunoda’s stalled car.
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) September 7, 2022
The Mercedes driver will not be the only one to be penalized at Monza. His former teammate Valtteri Bottas also has to start from the back row due to a powertrain problem in the Netherlands.
We had a technical problem, most likely with the engine. I have not received confirmation of this yet. Before his stop, the bike didn’t sound good, so let’s see.”
“Up until then I felt pretty good in the car. All of a sudden at the start of the straight I started to lose power, I heard some strange noises, I saw some flames in the mirror, so that was the end of the race for me.”
“This engine will most likely have to be scrapped,” concluded the Alfa Romeo driver.
The only emoji’s you need this week. 🤌🇮🇹🍝🍕🍷
— Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN (@alfaromeoorlen) September 7, 2022