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Hamilton troubled by potential engine penalties - Power unit issues could give Lewis grid penalty

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Hamilton troubled by potential engine penalties
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Lewis Hamilton has admitted he’s disappointed by the performance of the power units on his side of the garage, as the defending champion moves to his last free engine of the year. Hamilton will have a fresh motor in Austria, and his previous engine difficulties have put him close to a grid drop penalty.

As is the way these days, Hamilton is trying to plan when best to take the penalty, saying “I’ll try to find a circuit where I will be able to get the furthest up, maybe a track where I can catch up, even challenge for the win.”

He also added that, contrary to reports of favouritism within the Mercedes team, he’s irritated that all Mercedes-powered drivers seem to be having better reliability than him. He said: “It’s not easy when you see eight Mercedes drivers and everyone else is on a normal plan and on a second engine, and still has four left and I have one left.”

The other Mercedes powered teams, Williams, Force India and Manor, have not experienced the same problems as Lewis.