Lewis Hamilton has conceded that he will have to take multiple grid penalties through the second half of the 2016 Formula 1 season after moving onto his fifth engine of the year in Austria.
Hamilton has suffered a number of setbacks with his power unit so far this season, putting him onto the limit of five internal combustion engines this weekend.
For every component used beyond the limit of five for the season, drivers receive a 10 or five-place grid penalty (10 the first time a sixth component used, five for all thereafter; 10 the first time a seventh component is used, etc.).
As a result, Hamilton knows that he will have to take grid drops later in the year, harming his championship charge.
“I will have at least one race where I start dead last, most likely two races probably, with two more new engines I need to take – the sixth and seventh,” Hamilton said.
“But the worst thing is I’m the only Mercedes driver to have that. It’s difficult for us as a team, and it’s difficult considering that we are ‘the’ Mercedes team, so if there are 40 engines, you would hope that we have the best of the 40.
“But that’s just the way it goes, and I just have to do the best I can with the one [power unit] I have now and then hopefully the next one or two I get beyond that.”
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”