Lewis Hamilton has already experienced four engine changes this season.© AFP
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of an eighth world title took a new hit on Friday when he was penalized five places on Brazil’s GP roster for taking an engine change on his Mercedes. The British driver, who is 19 points behind Max Verstappen in the championship with four races left, this season has already experienced four engine changes. “Lewis has taken a new internal combustion engine for this event – his fifth of the season – and will receive a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s #BrazilGP,” his Mercedes team tweeted.
– Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1-span (@ MercedesAMGF1) 12 November 2021
His latest penalty of five places will not apply in Saturday’s qualifying sprint race at the Interlagos track.
Despite the impending penalty kick, Hamilton was still the fastest in the opening practice with Verstappen in a Red Bull on 0.367 sec on Friday. behind.
Their teammates Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull, at 0.442 sec., And Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel of the second Mercedes, 0.517 sec. of the lead, filled the top four.
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