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Mercedes won’t rule out another new Hamilton engine

Lewis Hamilton took a new element in his engine and dropped 10 places on the grid at the Turkish GP, Mercedes won’t rule out a fifth Power Unit depending on points battle against Max Verstappen; six races to go in 2021, starting with United States GP

Last Updated: 13/10/21 8:56am

Speaking on Saturday at the Turkish GP, Toto Wolff explained that 'gremlins' are the main cause for Lewis Hamilton's engine swap and his subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

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Speaking on Saturday at the Turkish GP, Toto Wolff explained that ‘gremlins’ are the main cause for Lewis Hamilton’s engine swap and his subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

Speaking on Saturday at the Turkish GP, Toto Wolff explained that ‘gremlins’ are the main cause for Lewis Hamilton’s engine swap and his subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has explained the reliability concerns that led to Lewis Hamilton taking a new engine at the Turkish GP, and is not ruling out another switch and grid penalty before the end of the season.

Hamilton took a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) at last weekend’s race, dropping him 10 places on the grid after topping qualifying. He eventually came back to finish fifth, although lost his championship lead to Max Verstappen, who he now trails by six points with just six races to go.

The Englishman had previously spoken of his hope of getting to the end of the season without a new engine but Wolff insisted the decision in Istanbul was not a tactical one.

“We had to do it,” the team boss told Sky Sports F1. “We saw some data on the Internal Combustion unit that didn’t look very promising and a DNF is a total killer for the championship.”

Wolff added: “We’ve seen over the course of the season that we’ve had some little gremlins that we weren’t completely sure where they came from and how much performance they could potentially cost.

“So we’d rather have a new engine in the pool and that we understand that can possibly go longer.”

Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton 'made a mistake' by disagreeing with his Mercedes team over strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix

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Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton ‘made a mistake’ by disagreeing with his Mercedes team over strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix

Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton ‘made a mistake’ by disagreeing with his Mercedes team over strategy at the Turkish Grand Prix

Wolff also admitted there were some “unusual noises” coming from Hamilton’s engine before the change, and said Mercedes, who have been king of speed and reliability in the hybrid era, “are analysing how we can prevent it in the future.”

“I think we understand much better now where the root cause lies and it’s something that can happen from time to time if you just have a material issue, a batch problem and these are the things you need to consider,” explained Wolff.

Hamilton’s new ICE was his fourth of the season, one more than is permitted in the regulations. But Wolff also refused to rule out his lead driver taking a fifth Power Unit – just as Valtteri Bottas has done in the other Mercedes – depending on how the points battle with Max Verstappen and Red Bull is going.

“It [fourth ICE] can last until the end of the season but there could be a moment where we say is it worth taking a fresh one because the other one is still at risk,” said Wolff

Lewis Hamilton felt he should have either stayed out or taken the decision to pit earlier to maximise the best result at the Turkish GP

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Lewis Hamilton felt he should have either stayed out or taken the decision to pit earlier to maximise the best result at the Turkish GP

Lewis Hamilton felt he should have either stayed out or taken the decision to pit earlier to maximise the best result at the Turkish GP

“So this is something that is going to be really a work in progress.”

Asked by Sky F1 again before the Turkish GP, Wolff said: “It’s seven tough races ahead of us. Let’s see how the points pan out. I would never say no but normally four engines looks quite sufficient.”

Speaking after the race on Sunday, Hamilton said he “wasn’t giving any energy” to engine concerns and the possibility of needing a fifth.

The championship battle continues at the United States GP, live on Sky Sports F1 on October 22-24.

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Rishi Sunak plots 55% pension tax attack – ‘horrific’ rule could destroy YOUR retirement

Rishi Sunak plots 55% pension tax attack – ‘horrific’ rule could destroy YOUR retirement

PENSIONERS could face a punitive 55 per cent tax charge on their retirement savings if Chancellor Rishi Sunak launches a fresh tax attack in his Autumn Budget this month. Experts warn savers will hand over more of their nest egg: “This is horrific.”Rishi Sunak plots 55% pension tax attack – ‘horrific’ rule could destroy YOUR retirement

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Man Utd receive unexpected transfer boost because of new Brexit rule

Man Utd receive unexpected transfer boost because of new Brexit rule

This will undoubtedly be music to the ears of Manchester United who have been tailing the former Tottenham man this summer.

Rumours have ramped up even further as late, with an £18million move touted to follow the possible arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

Trippier has been a resounding success since his move to Atletico in 2019, powering to the La Liga title last season before playing his part in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final.

As a result, Spanish outlet AS indicates that Simeone is desperate for him to stay in the Spanish capital for another campaign.

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Travel: France enforces negative test results for UK arrivals after amber list rule change

Travel: France enforces negative test results for UK arrivals after amber list rule change

Those travelling to France from a number of European countries will now be required to show a recent negative test when entering the. The changes come in the same week the UK Government updated rules for those returning from France.

However, the rule does not apply if coming back from France and even those who have been double-vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days.

The UK is not the only country to introduce new rules for those visiting.

France has said today it will require people arriving from six European countries to have more documents.

People entering the country must have a negative Covid test taken within the previous 24 hours.

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This applies to unvaccinated arrivals from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

It came in a statement from French prime minister Jean Castex.

The new rule is set to be enforced from this weekend and adds another barrier for entry for those who have not been vaccinated.

French politician Clement Beaune posted on Twitter: “Coming/returning from Spain and Portugal, but also from Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom: for unvaccinated, an antigen test or PCR of less than 24 hours is required.”

The changes come into effect just days after the UK announced the different amber list rules for travellers from France.

France has also updated the guidance on wearing face coverings in public.

Earlier this year, it was mandatory to wear a mask even when outdoors.

However, the rules were relaxed outdoors in June at the same time a nightly curfew was lifted.

While many areas are still mask-free, some rules regarding face coverings have been reimposed.

Masks are set to be made mandatory when outside again in Pyrenees-Orientales.

There are many things Britons must take into consideration before travelling abroad.

Of course, they must stay up-to-date with the latest travel restrictions from our Government.

However it is also important to research the rules in the country they are entering.

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