Lewis plowing close to the corn on engine penalties

If you’ve been following our own Dave M. and his pre-race engine updates, then you’ll know that things are getting very tight in the usage allotment and will start leading to grid penalties very soon. If you’re not reading them, then I can’t make any excuses for you, you’ll have to wrestle that to the ground yourself but like all missed opportunities, you have a chance to blame the couch in Stevenage and school bullying for your misfortune and who doesn’t want that?

You see, it seems that the early-season troubles laboring Lewis Hamilton have now positioned him on thin ice with regards to the MGU-H and turbocharger units and he is using the last of his five allowed for the 2016 season. As AUTOSPORT points out, he’s on his third MGU-K and fourth ERS. He’s squarely on his third world championship and if he has any hope of making it four this season, he’ll need to avoid the penalties that come with using a sixth anything…MGU-H, MGU-K or ERS.

The penalty? It’s a ten-place grid penalty for each infraction and at that point, it’ll be difficult to make any serious charge for the title if insuring penalties are the norm going forward.

“The worst thing is I’m the only Mercedes driver to have that,” he said.

“For sure it’s difficult for us as a team and it’s difficult considering we are the Mercedes team, so if there’s 40 engines, you would hope that we have the best of the 40.

“That’s just the way it goes, I’ll just have to do the best I can with the one I have now and hopefully with the next one or two I get beyond that.

“It’s not easy when you look at the table and you see eight Mercedes drivers and everyone else is on a normal plan and on a second engine and still has four left and I have one left.”

That may be the worst thing in the present but ultimately the worst thing is not winning the title because that’s how Lewis is wired. He’s spent a lifetime plying his skills to win titles and to not do so is hard to take. It’s harshing his buzz on life and success in Formula 1.

Now, having said that, it’s the same for everyone and there’s nothing to say that his teammate and point leader, Nico Rosberg, might not start to experience issues himself. Things happen and you need no further proof than Lewis’s current situation to tell you that.

For Lewis’s sake and for the sake of a close championship and fun racing, I hope Lewis ceases to have any more engine issues and that the lumps they have left can be effectively managed by the team to give Lewis the best shot he can get at staying out of the penalty box and on the sharp end of the grid.