Fernando Alonso insists Lewis Hamilton should be sent to the BACK of the grid for having replaced his engine for the fifth time this season, as Max Verstappen claims his rival had a late ‘power boost’ in the F1 race title
- Alonso thinks Hamilton should be penalized for exceeding his engine usage
- Mercedes swapped British engine for fifth time for victory in Sao Paulo
- He was given a five-place grid penalty for replacing his engine again in Brazil
- Hamilton, however, stormed back to win in Sao Paulo and again in Qatar
- Verstappen and Alonso think his punishment should have been heavier
Fernando Alonso believes Lewis Hamilton should be sent to the back of the grid to use his fifth engine of the season.
In F1, drivers are allowed to use three different engines over the course of the season and could face penalties if they continue.
This resulted in Hamilton receiving a five-place grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix for using his fifth combustion engine of the season – but the Briton managed to put in a spectacular drive to storm to victory in Sao Paulo, bringing him close. the gap with title rival Max Verstappen.
Fernando Alonso (left) thinks Lewis Hamilton (right) should be sent to the back of the grid for using his fifth engine of the season
The extra boost in power also saw the Briton comfortably win the first-ever Qatar Grand Prix earlier this month, opening the title race wide with just two races to go.
And two-time Formula 1 champion Alonso believes Hamilton should receive a heavier penalty for having his engine replaced again.
“Those who have exceeded a certain number of engines per year should be sent to the back of the grid,” Alonso told Spain’s AS.
Hamilton produced a stunning drive to win the Brazilian GP after his fifth engine change
Hamilton has won two races since changing his engine and has closed the gap to Verstappen
Alonso has echoed Verstappen’s argument that Hamilton’s penalty was illogical, given that the Briton could easily negate the grid penalty with the extra power he drew from the new unit.
After Hamilton’s stunning win at Interlagos, Verstappen said: “In theory, Mercedes can fit a new combustion engine at every Grand Prix, take a five-place penalty and benefit from the power boost.”
Since then, Verstappen has seen his championship lead shrink to 14 points after Hamilton’s win in Brazil and then again to just eight points after Qatar, with the Dutchman finishing second on the podium behind the Mercedes man last time.
Verstappen (left) claimed Hamilton’s penalty for his engine change was illogical
Despite the title race going to the final two circuits, Verstappen insists it’s a good thing that it’s pushed to the limit.
“We just have to try to stay focused and there are still two races to go and as you can see a lot can happen. Everything is possible.
‘I feel fine. It will be an exciting battle to the end. I know it will be difficult until the end, but I like that – it keeps things exciting.’