Sochi played a bad joke at Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton took his 100th career victory and returned to the top of the championship, with the Brackley team also extending in the constructors’ standings, but Max Verstappen finished second. And he succeeded despite having unlocked the fourth power unit. Which Sir Lewis has to do too. Mercedes must therefore understand which circuit does less damage starting from the last position: Istanbul allows overtaking, also due to the presence of two DRS zones, and Hamilton has already won us in 2010 and 2020, so it is a very serious candidate, together with Austin and Mexico City, as ‘rival’ Helmut Marko said.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has admitted the real possibility of using the fourth engine in Istanbul. Both because it will be possible to reassemble, and because problems must absolutely be avoided reliability, who risk delivering the title to the Dutch Red Bull: “Yup, it is possible that we will change the engine in Turkey. But we haven’t decided anything yet: neither when nor how“, This the Austrian to the British of Sky Sports News. “The most important thing in this battle is avoid withdrawals due to reliability issues. A second or third place are results that can be ‘fixed’, but if you don’t finish the race then it’s a serious problem. We are therefore looking at the parameters of the engines, making sure we do not suffer from reliability problems“.