Groups are getting into the ultimate third of the 2021 season braced for potential penalties as they hit the restrict of their season allocation for energy unit parts.
Pink Bull has already confirmed that Max Verstappen will have to take a grid drop at a race later this year after losing one of his engines in a crash at Silverstone with title rival Hamilton, however will achieve this strategically at a observe it thinks would enable for Verstappen to recuperate locations.
Mercedes opted to maneuver Bottas onto his fourth energy unit of the season at Monza, which means the Finn began the race from the again of the grid regardless of topping qualifying and profitable the dash race.
However Mercedes F1 chief Wolff defined that it was not a particular choice that Hamilton would take a grid drop sooner or later this 12 months, given he nonetheless has life in his newest energy unit.
“No, it is not an absolute should as a result of we’re nonetheless operating very comfortably with this energy unit,” Wolff mentioned.
“It is a choice that may be made at any time however, in the mean time, we do not really feel it’s a necessity.
“Does that imply we’re not going to take a fourth? No, it does not. We are going to see how the subsequent races pan out.”
Toto Wolff, Workforce Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
Wolff instructed Sky Sports activities F1 on Friday at Monza that he was cautious of the influence a DNF might have on the title race given the advantageous margins between Hamilton and Verstappen, in addition to between Mercedes and Pink Bull within the constructors’ championship.
“We imagine that between P1 and P2, with the quickest lap, that in case you have one DNF it wants the opposite man 4 races to catch up,” Wolff mentioned.
“And that is brutal. So you may afford to complete 4 occasions in second [place]. Subsequently, you simply want to actually play it secure whereas not giving up efficiency.”
Hamilton added: “In the intervening time I’ve nonetheless received two engines. And there is at present no plan for me to should take an additional engine, hopefully. However we will see.”