We knew it was coming but we weren’t sure when Lewis Hamilton’s need for new engines would occur. The rumors heading into the Belgian Grand Prix weekend were suggesting that either this weekend at Spa Francorchamps or next weekend at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. It looks like it may be this weekend according the Lewis:
“We will be taking a penalty here this weekend,” said Hamilton
“I have no engines left.
“I’ll do everything I can to minimise the impact it will have.
“Beyond that penalty I’ll eventually take, I think I’ll be able to continue with the momentum I had before the break.”
What is not clear is his initial suggestion that the team make introduce two new engines and take the maximum penalty giving them new resources for the remainder of the season. I’m not sure if that’s how the penalty system works or if it’s allowed but that’s what the rumors are.
It’s an odd situation but some of the reason Nico Rosberg led the championship for as long as he did was due to the attrition Hamilton suffered int eh beginning of the season and we knew he would be paying for it with penalties at some point.
Some of the details are still in the wind and it’s not clear if he will choose to start at the back of the grid or from pit lane or if they will attempt to take a two-engine penalty etc.
Lewis has a 19-point lead now and it will be critical to get back up and into the points to stave off a possible victory by Nico Rosberg. For Nico, it is imperative that he gets a good start, has no mechanical issues and wins the race. IF he has any dreams of winning the title, he’ll need to capitalize on Lewis’s misfortune and that starts this weekend.
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