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Hamilton Engine Fail Major Blow Before Japan

Hamilton Engine Fail: Major Blow Before Japan

05/04/2024

Before the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton faces a setback with a crucial power unit loss due to a failure in Melbourne. This incident puts his season’s strategy under significant pressure.

Lewis Hamilton has ultimately lost a power unit from his allotment before this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, following the failure experienced during the race at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

Hamilton withdrew from the Australian Grand Prix after a sudden failure of his thermal V6, with the engine being sent back to Mercedes’ Brixworth engine factory for an investigation to begin.

It was eventually discovered that the issue with the power unit is terminal, and the V6 cannot be returned to the British driver’s engine quota.

Mercedes found that Hamilton’s engine failure was caused by a lower engine failure due to a quality control process issue rather than a design problem.

Now with only three power units available for the remaining 21 races, there’s a high likelihood he’ll need to use an additional engine later in the season, which would result in a penalty.

Meanwhile, Red Bull and Honda have confirmed that Max Verstappen’s engine, changed as a precaution in Australia, was found to be faultless and thus rejoins the Dutchman’s pool.

Hamilton Engine Fail: Major Blow Before Japan. Hamilton Engine Fail: Major Blow Before Japan

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