The Briton has already seen his sanction confirmed, and Sainz’s seems a certainty in the absence of being made official, but up to seven drivers in total are expected to receive penalties for changing their engines. Among the potential sanctions, that of Valtteri Bottas is already official.
Only one event has elapsed since a Belgian Grand Prix in which up to eight different pilots were penalized for exceeding their annual quota of elements in the power unit. Thus, the grid at Zandvoort remained undeterred by the qualifying results. Still, it is expected the imminent Italian Grand Prix also has an important battery of penalties for several competitors, many of which will be known on Friday.
None of those affected, today, is as mediatic as Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver, who occupies sixth position in the table in the wake of his teammate George Russell and Carlos Sainz, will ride this weekend his fourth power unit in Monzaa layout where power plays a determining role and in which a ‘fresh’ unit contributes to reducing the relative difficulty of overtaking.
Possible engine damage to Hamilton prompts precautionary change
In an analysis carried out on Hamilton’s car after the Spa-Francorchamps appointment, Mercedes determined that the engine had been separated from the cooling circuit in his accident with Fernando Alonso, before continuing two more kilometers to his eventual stoppage at the side of the track. This fact could have produced some kind of damage due to overheating, and led to the seven-time champion carried an old unit at the Dutch Grand Prix.
The sanction has been confirmed by Mercedes this morning on social networks, anticipating the rest of the penalties that will be confirmed during the weekend. Without going any further, Haas F1 has confirmed this Thursday that Mike Schumacher will have to serve a penalty for using a new gearbox, but the german will also take advantage to replace its power unit, an end that has not yet been announced.
Ferrari debuts news in the electrical part
In the same way, Valtteri Bottaswho suffered the breakdown of his fifth unit in Zandvoort, has been added to the list of ‘punished’, and Carlos Sainz seems to go the same way, something to which the pilot himself has made reference. In these particular cases, your new Ferrari engines will incorporate an important evolution in the electrical part with which they hope to make up for some of the power deficit experienced against Red Bull’s Honda engines in recent races.
At the same time, Sergio Pérez is at the limit of the use of all its engine components, and it would be another clear candidate to suffer the consequent penalty after replacing them, although Red Bull has not yet offered any indication in this regard. In your case, the low drag concept of his RB19 It would significantly reduce the difficulty of advancing positions on a track like Monza, an extreme that was more than confirmed with the imperial advance of Max Verstappen two weeks ago.
The weekend could turn a little darker at first for Sergio Pérez.
Finally, both Alexander Albon and Yuki Tsunoda They are also part of the paddock rumors as potential contenders for a penalty, which would mean an additional blow for the Japanese after having already penalized in Spa and his subsequent retirement in Monza. In total, it is estimated that up to seven competitors have already included these sanctions in their plans for the weekend, although it cannot be ruled out that there will be some more. Not surprisingly, the more sanctioned, the fewer positions are lost.
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