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Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will take a 10-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix after Mercedes changed the engine on his car on Friday amid reliability concerns. The new internal combustion engine (ICE) exceeds the Briton's allocation of three for the season, triggering the penalty. India TodayLewis Hamilton to take 10-place grid penalty at Turkish Grand Prix after engine change

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Lewis Hamilton – who sits six points adrift of Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings following the Turkish Grand Prix after finishing P5 to Verstappen’s P2 – was forced to take a 10-place grid penalty in Istanbul after Mercedes fitted a fourth internal combustion engine to his W12.

But speaking after the Grand Prix – won by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas – Horner revealed his surprise at an apparent step in performance on the Mercedes power unit.

“Their straightline speed has taken a significant step recently,” said Horner, “and I think that whereas we could match them with smaller wings previously, now we can't get near.

“We saw that particularly at this circuit where Lewis in particular had a significant straightline advantage with a bigger rear wing on the car. We've got to maximise our package as best we can and, as I say, it's surprising that they've made the step that they have with the power unit.”

“[And] it wasn’t just Red Bull by the way, there were other manufacturers raising questions as well that continue to be raised. It’s something that’s down to the FIA to look at, for them to police. But when you’ve got great straightline speed that’s greater than with the DRS opened, that’s pretty impressive.

“I mean, if you look at the straightline speed of particularly Lewis [in the race], it was like 15 to 20 [km/h] up after the kink on the straight. It’s phenomenal. We’ve got to find a bit of straightline speed – maybe they were running a different downforce configuration, but some speed to find. And we’ve got some tracks coming up that hopefully suit us, but we know Austin is Hamilton territory, so we’re going to have to be on our A-game.”

“It looks like a car that can win championships,” said Shovlin. “If you go back to the early part of the year, decisions that we’re taking on development, trying to balance the two years [2021 and 2022], one of our worries was at this end of the year, are we still going to be able to stick the car on pole, to get a front row lock out, to control a race?

“And it’s really reassuring that we are now getting into the last six, that we’ve shown we’ve got a package that can out-qualify [Red Bull] on a Saturday and out-race them on a Sunday.”

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Ross Brawn on Bottas’ victory, why we’re having such a great season – and those Turkish GP strategy calls

Formula 1 RSS UK 13 October, 2021 - 02:05am

Since Mercedes' updates in Britain and new tyres from Pirelli, Mercedes seems to have got things better. Where Red Bull Racing was the strongest team in the previous races, Mercedes got the upper hand from Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton however did not manage to build up a lead yet and is even behind Verstappen in the standings.

''I still see Verstappen as the favourite. The duel between the two is in balance. Turkey was not a normal race, it was a distorted picture. You can't say this is the turnaround now. They will continue to race neck-and-neck, so we won't crown a world champion until Abu Dhabi,'' said the former F1 driver at Sport1.de.

The second drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez are essential in the title fight, according to Danner. ''Hamilton was not third by Perez, so that can be important. Bottas won and therefore not Verstappen. It shows that the second drivers play an important role this year and are not just used in upsetting the other strategy. Perez took points away from Hamilton and that's what he's there for,'' the German concluded.

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TECH TUESDAY: How bad weather foiled Hamilton and Mercedes’ smart rear wing choice for Istanbul

Formula 1 RSS UK 13 October, 2021 - 02:05am

Since Mercedes' updates in Britain and new tyres from Pirelli, Mercedes seems to have got things better. Where Red Bull Racing was the strongest team in the previous races, Mercedes got the upper hand from Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton however did not manage to build up a lead yet and is even behind Verstappen in the standings.

''I still see Verstappen as the favourite. The duel between the two is in balance. Turkey was not a normal race, it was a distorted picture. You can't say this is the turnaround now. They will continue to race neck-and-neck, so we won't crown a world champion until Abu Dhabi,'' said the former F1 driver at Sport1.de.

The second drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez are essential in the title fight, according to Danner. ''Hamilton was not third by Perez, so that can be important. Bottas won and therefore not Verstappen. It shows that the second drivers play an important role this year and are not just used in upsetting the other strategy. Perez took points away from Hamilton and that's what he's there for,'' the German concluded.

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'Unusual noises’ coming from Mercedes engines with increased wear

PlanetF1 13 October, 2021 - 02:05am

Date published: October 12 2021 - Henry Valantine

Lewis Hamilton took a 10-place grid penalty in Turkey for having his internal combustion engine (ICE) changed – which Wolff revealed is the source of the “noises”, when wear becomes a factor on the power units.

While Hamilton now has a new ICE available to him for the rest of this season, the Mercedes team principal said the issues in that component are still yet to be understood.

With an engine freeze coming in 2022, that adds pressure on the team to rectify the issue they face before then, but he said they’re working on a solution in good time – but not before the end of this season.

“Our power units have been the most reliable since the introduction of the hybrid engines in 2014,” Wolff said, quoted by Autosport.

“Because these boundaries are being pushed, we have seen examples of, let’s say, unusual noises, within the combustion engine that aren’t completely understood at that stage yet, and therefore caused some trouble in the past.

“We had engines that basically failed, and now it’s about containing the problem, because in that phase, redesigning parts is not something you would tackle.

“Balancing performance and reliability has always been the key metric in the past couple of years, and it will be also going forward,” Wolff said.

“We will not be carrying any deficits into next year, because the deficits are being understood. And now it’s about finding solutions that contain these.”

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Red Bull have been scratching their heads about the performance of Mercedes’ power units in recent races, with Christian Horner suspecting that “something is strange” with the way they are able to gain so much straight line speed compared to their rivals – which Horner estimates is around 15-20kph on the straights.

In their current state, however, Wolff has not ruled out taking another grid penalty for Hamilton in the remaining rounds if he feels another power unit component goes beyond its usable life.

Wolff added that the team opted to take a 10-place penalty for the ICE rather than dropping to the back of the grid for a full power unit change, based on the good condition of the other components.

On top of that, there is still a lightly-used engine available to the team, which he feels could be an advantage for Hamilton heading into the final races.

“The other parts like the turbo or the other auxiliary elements are in wonderful shape and really happy, easily within the mileage limits,” Wolff said. “Therefore we didn’t need to take new components, the question is how and when do we want to deploy [engine] number three, which is still in the pool.

“That’s something we need to assess in the next couple of races. Because you could decide whether to run it only on Fridays, or also run it on Saturday or Sunday.

“We still have the third engine to help with that but we are not quite sure how far we want to push this engine. It is not necessarily only mileage, it is more about understanding a different reliability topic.”

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