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Hamilton avoiding "revving the nuts" off engine to avoid Mercedes penalty

Hamilton avoiding "revving the nuts" off engine to avoid Mercedes penalty

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Hamilton avoiding "revving the nuts" off engine to avoid Mercedes penalty

Hamilton avoiding "revving the nuts" off engine to avoid Mercedes penalty
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Lewis Hamilton insists he has "absolutely no idea" whether he will need to take an engine penalty across the remaining seven races this year but is doing all he can to avoid one.

The Mercedes driver leads the race for this year's F1 title by two points over rival Max Verstappen, who rescued second at Sochi after taking his own penalty to add a new PU into his pool.

With upcoming tracks forecasted to suit Red Bull more than Mercedes, the Dutch driver now has the advantage of being able to push his allocation of engines more than Hamilton.

Hamilton had previously said the plan was to get to the end of the season without triggering a penalty but pressed after the Russian Grand Prix on whether he could still do so, the championship leader said: "I have absolutely no idea.

"Of course, I have lost one engine, Valtteri [Bottas] has had several and there have been others that Mercedes have seen up and down the paddock.

"Right now, I am trying to treat my engines, the ones we put in, with absolute care when I am driving in terms of how much I am gassing it, how much... just revving the thing, revving the nuts off it, trying to minimise the laps that I do."

Hamilton "can't control the future"

Hamilton overcame a tricky weekend to emerge victorious in Russia after suffering two minor crashes in qualifying before losing places at the race start.

With engine concerns looming and mistakes starting to creep into his performances, the British driver is intent on focusing only on the present.

"I can't control the future," he added. "All I can do is try to maximise, whenever I have the opportunity.

"Obviously now, there have been two, the sprint race [in the Italian GP], with the [slow] start and then qualifying [in Russia]."

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It's likely if he needs an engine change it will be out of his hands anyway. You can be the most Conservative driver in the world but that doesn't mean you won't need a boost when push comes to shove. If I was Mercedes I would likely bring in one of every component at Mexico as he doesn't tend to do well there and it would mean he has a fresher everything for Saudi Arabia as that looks like a power track so maybe he will need the extra power to get him ahead in quali, it being a street circuit so it will be hard to overtake.

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Engine settings would do the trick. Less laps mean less data and it doesn't seem to me that he didn't partecipate free practice. Always blowing his own performances up, keep focussed on the track man

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Last year Hamilton only used 3 engines and this year there were 2 races where he did not have to put much wear on the engine. It is a strong possibility that he can get away without using the fourth engine this year. But like everything in life it is a risk. Maybe he is prepared to take that risk.

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It's likely if he needs an engine change it will be out of his hands anyway. You can be the most Conservative driver in the world but that doesn't mean you won't need a boost when push comes to shove. If I was Mercedes I would likely bring in one of every component at Mexico as he doesn't tend to do well there and it would mean he has a fresher everything for Saudi Arabia as that looks like a power track so maybe he will need the extra power to get him ahead in quali, it being a street circuit so it will be hard to overtake.

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