Lewis Hamilton’s Title Hopes Take Hit With Grid Penalty For Brazilian GP

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Lewis Hamilton’s chances of winning a record-eighth Formula One title have been harmed after he was given a grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The world champion’s Mercedes team has decided to install a new engine in his vehicle this weekend, which means he will drop five positions on the grid and face a difficult task in attempting to recover and minimize his points deficit to Max Verstappen.

With with four races remaining and 107 points on the table, Hamilton is now 19 points behind Verstappen. His title chances are jeopardized by the engine swap. With the penalty, he’ll start from sixth if he wins pole in Saturday’s sprint race, which will determine the starting grid for the main event, while Verstappen’s pace means he’ll start from the front row at the very least. If Verstappen wins, he can still win the championship by finishing second to Hamilton in the final three races.

In Interlagos, Hamilton has a lot of work to do. He had expected to finish behind Red Bull, but he would have aimed for second at the absolute least, giving up only six points to his adversary. He’ll have a new engine for the race, but getting through the field won’t be easy, and he can expect Red Bull to mount a strong front-row defense, led by Verstappen’s colleague Sergio Pérez.

source : guardian sport

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