“We currently have two engines for the races. In Qatar Lewis had the less strong of the two because, in our opinion, it was a better fit for the Losail circuit, ”said the technical director of the German team Andrew Shovlin 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 make better use of that with the powerful engine. “
Hamilton received a starting place penalty for the race in Brazil for choosing a new engine. It turned out to be so fast that the seven-time world champion drove from tenth on the grid to victory, in part by overtaking Max Verstappen. It led to a surprise at Red Bull, the Verstappen team. “We haven’t seen an engine like this at Mercedes in recent years. Incredible “, said top man Helmut Marko from the racing team. “You managed to conjure up a rocket at a crucial point in the season.”
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Verstappen has seen his lead in the World Cup shrink due to Hamilton’s two straight wins. The Dutchman is only 8 points ahead, the races in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi are still pending. The route in Jeddah is brand new. It’s a 6-kilometer street circuit with 27 bends, but an expected average speed of 252 kilometers per hour. Only the Monza circuit is faster.
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