“At the moment we have two engines for the races. In Qatar, Lewis had the less powerful of the two, because in our view it suited the Losail circuit better,” technical manager Andrew Shovlin of the German team said on the website. Autosport.com. “In Jeddah we will give Lewis the engine with the higher power again. There are more long straights and he can take advantage of that more with the powerful engine.”
Hamilton received a grid penalty for the race in Brazil because he opted for a new engine. It turned out to offer so much speed that the seven-time world champion drove to victory from tenth place on the grid, partly by overtaking Max Verstappen. It led to surprise at Red Bull, Verstappen’s team. “We have not seen such an engine at Mercedes in recent years. Unbelievable,” said top man Helmut Marko of the racing stable. “They have managed to conjure up a rocket at a crucial stage of the season.”
Verstappen has seen his lead in the world championship shrink due to Hamilton’s two consecutive victories. The Dutchman is only 8 points ahead, with the races in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi still to go. The track in Jeddah is brand new. It concerns a street circuit of more than 6 kilometers long with 27 bends, but an expected average speed of 252 kilometers per hour. Only the Monza circuit is faster.
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