Lewis Hamilton is concerned a loss of performance from his power unit will leave him at a disadvantage this weekend.
Mercedes originally planned to introduce a new engine specification this weekend. The original, six-race-old units were going to be re-used at the Hungaroring, which is a much less power-sensitive circuit.Mercedes decided not to introduce the upgraded units after discovering a “quality issue” with them. All six Mercedes-powered drivers will therefore use their original power units for the seventh race this weekend at a circuit where straight-line speed is particularly important.
“This is a power circuit so it definitely was our target [to have the new engines],” said Hamilton. “The guys worked as hard as they could. We had to take a sensible decision to not bring it here which is definitely unfortunate but we will try and make do without.
“But it will mean our performance is not probably the greatest. It will be the seventh race on the engine. The goal is to make the engines stay the same the whole way through [its life] but naturally [if] it’s degraded you lose horsepower over races. If we’re on seven or eight thousand kilometres it will definitely have lost performance. At a power circuit it will probably be multiplied.”
Hamilton said his priority this weekend is collecting more points.
“This is a power circuit, there is power loss. All I’m hoping for is reliability. I’m on the seventh race, difficult circuit on the engine, I just want to see it through.”
“Naturally I’m still here to win,” he added. “But if [our rivals] have got upgrades in their engines which can be a tenth to two-tenths, Ferrari are particularly very strong on the straights… it’ll be interesting to see whether we’re able to match them. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”
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