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Hamilton set for Turkish GP grid penalty after taking new Mercedes engine

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2021 Turkish Grand Prix, Thursday - LAT

Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix as the championship leader has taken a new Mercedes engine at Istanbul Park.

Hamilton, who holds a two-point lead in the standings having won the Russian Grand Prix – in which Red Bull's Max Verstappen recovered from 20th to second having himself taken a new power unit – was expected to take a new engine prior to this weekend.

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logo 2021Drivers' championship standings

PositionTeam NamePoints
1 Hamilton246.5
2 Verstappen244.5
FULL STANDINGS

His Mercedes W12 has been fitted with a new internal combustion engine (ICE) and exhaust – but the driver has only exceeded his allocation of new ICEs.

Because he has exceeded his allocation of new engines, he's set to receive a 10-place penalty – however, Hamilton came from sixth to win the 2020 Turkish GP.

Carlos Sainz of Ferrari will also start the race from the rear with a new power unit.

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