Ahead of the previously concluded Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas took a fourth power unit. However, it is being reported that the Finn driver has lost his fourth after Mercedes uncovered problems with the unit back at their engine headquarters in Brixworth.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport report that Mercedes took Bottas’ engine, as well as their entire stock of current power units, back to Brixworth for extensive analysis. Following this investigation, Bottas’ power unit from Monza was ruled out from use in a race again, having completed just one Grand Prix distance
Valtteri Bottas Loses his Fourth Mercedes Engine
The issues are believed to be linked to the internal combustion engine itself, the part of the power unit that Hamilton has replaced for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix. He will serve a 10-place grid penalty as a result.
“This is a job that you only want to do in the factory because it is so complex,” Auto Motor und Sport quote a Mercedes engineer as saying. “We have only mixed components from different drive units on the track once in the past seven years.”
When approached for comment by RacingNews365.com, Mercedes elected to neither confirm nor deny the story, instead declining to comment. For reference, Mercedes did confirm a prior engine issue for the seven-time world champion.
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