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Will Lewis Hamilton risk a grid penalty for Zandvoort?

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Lewis Hamilton might have to suffer a grid penalty in Zandvoort after the clash with Fernando Alonso broke several components in his V6 engine.

Lewis Hamilton is not at risk of taking an engine penalty in Zandvoort (Image Credit: Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Official Twitter)

Hamilton landed heavily on the track after a collision with Alonso’s Alpine and launched his W13 into the air. Hamilton reported to his team that he could feel damage while footage showed some fluid coming out from the back of the Mercedes.

Hamilton’s engineer Pete Bonnington told the Brit to stop the car some 90 seconds after the incident. He was heard saying, “Back off, no full load, part throttle, part throttle.” Hamilton continued slowly around the track until he found a place to park his car. He was asked to switch off the power unit as it was noticed that damage was done.

The PU was taken to the Mercedes powertrain base in Brixworth to have further inspections made and see what changes need to be made to prepare for Zandvoort, as confirmed by Motorsport. They said that after the collision the PU is “definitely a concern” among other aspects of the car to inspect.

Hamilton’s engine component situation

Hamilton took on his third V6 engine at Spa on Friday. The Belgian Grand Prix is considered to be a great place to change engines due to the potential for overtaking, so he has now missed that opportunity and, in fact, damaged a brand-new engine at the worst time possible.

The Brit was expected to race with this engine for at least seven other race weekends, possibly until the end of the season. It will raise another concern in regards to the budget cap since they have to think about a new engine so early.

He also reached his limit when it comes to the MGU-K, turbo, MGU-H, control electronics and energy store. Any changes to these components will result in a grid penalty.

Mercedes confirmed that his old power units still operate. The problem is that they already have a high mileage on them, which is only suitable for Friday practice sessions. So they certainly won’t prove to be the best option for Monza.

The gearbox is another component that the team has to look at. The gearbox carrier cracked following the hit the W13 took as it landed. The internals are another aspect which might have to change for Zandvoort. These, however, will not add to any penalties Hamilton might receive, as this will be the third set used on his car.

Power-unit elements usage

As of the Belgian Grand Prix, the teams have used the following power-unit elements.

Teams are allowed three changes to the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Turbo Charger (TC), Motor Generator Unit – Heat (MGU-H) and Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K). They are then allowed two changes to the Energy Store (ES) and Control Electronics (CE). The Engine Exhaust System (EX) can be changed eight times.

No. Car Driver Engine ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX
44 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
63 Mercedes George Russell Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
1 Red Bull Max Verstappen Honda 4 4 4 4 2 2 6
11 Red Bull Sergio Perez Honda 3 3 3 3 1 2 5
16 Ferrari Charles Leclerc Ferrari 4 4 4 5 3 4 8
55 Ferrari Carlos Sainz Ferrari 4 4 4 4 2 3 5
3 McLaren Daniel Ricciardo Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
4 McLaren Lando Norris Mercedes 4 4 4 3 3 3 5
14 Alpine Fernando Alonso Renault 5 5 5 4 4 4 5
31 Alpine Esteban Ocon Renault 4 4 4 4 3 3 4
10 AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly Red Bull 3 3 3 3 2 2 5
22 AlphaTauri Yuki Tsunoda Red Bull 4 4 4 4 3 3 5
18 Aston Martin Lance Stroll Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
5 Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
23 Williams Alex Albon Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
6 Williams Nicholas Latifi Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
77 Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas Ferrari 5 6 6 4 2 3 5
24 Alfa Romeo Zhou Guanyu Ferrari 3 3 3 3 2 2 4
20 Haas Kevin Magnussen Ferrari 4 4 4 4 2 2 5
47 Haas Mick Schumacher Ferrari 3 3 3 3 2 ย  5

Featured Image Credit: Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Official Twitter

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