Hamilton sees grid penalties coming his way

Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:14pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton fears he may have to start two of the Formula One season's remaining 13 races from the back of the grid, handing Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg a significant advantage in the title battle.

The Briton will have a fresh power unit for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix but he told reporters that meant he had reached the limit on some components.

Each unit has six elements, of which the engine is one, and using more than five of each in a season incurs automatic grid penalties.

"I’m starting with my last (power unit) this weekend, I will have at least one race where I start dead last, most likely two," said Hamilton, who is currently 24 points behind championship leader Rosberg.

"The worst thing is that I’m the only Mercedes driver to have had that (unreliability).

"Considering that we are THE Mercedes team, if there are 40 engines you would hope we have the best of the 40 but that’s just the way it goes," he added.

"I just have to do the best I can with the one I have now and the one or two I get beyond that."

Mercedes supply three other teams -- Williams, Force India and Manor -- apart from their own but Hamilton has suffered more reliability problems than any of the eight drivers using the same engines.   Continued...

Formula One - Grand Prix of Europe - Baku, Azerbaijan - 17/6/16 - Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks at the paddock area. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov