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Lewis Hamilton says he does not yet know if he will face a penalty at this weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix amid rumours Mercedes will change part of his power unit again.

The world champion, who goes into this weekend’s race 19 points behind Max Verstappen, has already exceeded his maximum allocatiuon of power unit parts once. He took a fourth internal combustion engine in Turkey, incurring a 10-place grid penalty.

If he takes a fifth engine he will face a five-place grid drop at Interlagos, as his team mate Valtteri Bottas did at the United States Grand Prix.

Bottas has used six internal combustion engines over the 2021 season so far as Mercedes endeavoured to address a reliability problem with their power units. Hamilton was therefore expected to need another at some point during the final races.

Asked ahead of this weekend’s race whether he will need a new engine, Hamilton said: “I can’t really comment at the moment, I don’t know.”

“I don’t think the engines have even arrived this morning,” he added. Several teams have experienced delays to the arrival of freight from the previous round in Mexico.

“So as far as I’m aware, currently my engines are fine,” Hamilton continued. “But I’ll find out, obviously, later on. We’ve not even done engineering yet.”

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Power unit components used so far

No. Car Engine Driver ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX 77 Mercedes Mercedes Valtteri Bottas 6 5 5 4 2 3 6 14 Alpine Renault Fernando Alonso 4 4 4 4 3 3 9 31 Alpine Renault Esteban Ocon 4 4 4 4 3 3 9 11 Red Bull Honda Sergio Perez 4 4 4 4 4 4 7 10 AlphaTauri Honda Pierre Gasly 4 4 4 4 3 3 7 33 Red Bull Honda Max Verstappen 4 4 4 4 3 3 7 22 AlphaTauri Honda Yuki Tsunoda 4 4 4 4 3 3 7 55 Ferrari Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jnr 4 4 4 3 3 3 7 16 Ferrari Ferrari Charles Leclerc 4 4 4 3 3 3 6 4 McLaren Mercedes Lando Norris 4 4 4 3 2 2 6 5 Aston Martin Mercedes Sebastian Vettel 4 4 4 3 2 2 5 18 Aston Martin Mercedes Lance Stroll 4 4 4 2 2 3 4 3 McLaren Mercedes Daniel Ricciardo 4 4 4 2 2 2 4 31 Williams Mercedes Nicholas Latifi 4 4 4 2 2 2 4 63 Williams Mercedes George Russell 4 4 4 2 2 2 4 44 Mercedes Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 4 3 3 3 2 2 4 7 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 3 3 3 2 2 2 7 99 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi 3 3 3 2 2 2 7 47 Haas Ferrari Mick Schumacher 3 3 3 2 2 2 6 9 Haas Ferrari Nikita Mazepin 3 3 3 2 2 2 6

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