Lewis Hamilton provides update on Mercedes' engine issues ahead of Mexico GP


Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes are confident he won’t be hit with another engine penalty, with the seven-time world champion hopeful that they won’t have to take a fifth component. Mercedes were forced to take a sixth fresh engine for Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas ahead of the United States Grand Prix, triggering a five-place grid penalty for the Finn at the Circuit of Americas.

It meant Bottas started in ninth place, despite qualifying fourth, having already been hit twice this season in both Italy and Russia, after taking more engines than the allocated three that are permitted across a season.

Hamilton found himself with a ten-place grid penalty due to an engine change in Turkey, with team principal Toto Wolff reporting of “unusual noises” coming from the seven-time world champion’s engine before the change.

And with five races remaining, and Hamilton’s main title rival leading the way by 12 points, Mercedes will be keen to not hand any advantage to Red Bull.

Speaking on Thursday during the Mexican Grand Prix press conference, Hamilton said: “I believe our engines are strong, and as far as I am aware we’re hopefully going to the end.

“That’s not going to be an issue for us hopefully.”

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Bottas, who has been hit by engine concerns more than any other driver on the grid, was also keen for Mercedes not to take any more changes.

“I really hope we’re done for now,” said Bottas.

“Having both of the engines that are good in my engine pool, they seem to be OK – we haven’t detected any issues in either.

“Fingers crossed I can go to the end now without penalties, because with a close championship when you get put back five places, it really compromises your race.”

Bottas recovered to finish sixth in Austin with Mercedes taking a 23-point lead to Mexico, but with another engine change in Texas, questions were raised about if Hamilton would be hit again.

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