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F1 United States Grand Prix: Vettel to get upgraded Ferrari engine, lands grid penalty

Lewis Hamilton's hopes of securing his third world title this weekend is given a boost as Sebastian Vettel confirms he will take a grid penalty.
Lewis Hamilton's hopes of wrapping up the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship title this weekend has been given a boost following the confirmation that Sebastian Vettel will take a ten-place grid penalty at Circuit of the Americas.

As anticipated, Ferrari will run a new engine in the United States this weekend, but the change means Vettel will be onto his fifth power unit, necessitating a drop of ten positions on the grid.

It means Hamilton has an even better chance of securing his third world title this weekend, with Vettel having emerged as his closest rival after Sochi in the wake of Nico Rosberg's failure to finish. As it stands, Hamilton leads Vettel by 66 points and simply needs to end the weekend with a 75 point cushion over the competition put the title out of their reach.

Despite this, Vettel insists the engine change is not a set-back, saying it was always the intention to roll-out the upgrade with four races of the season

“We will have the hit of ten places on the grid for the new engine, but it has always been the plan. It is not a big secret, it is not a surprise to us. To explain, this was the plan to have the strongest engine available at every single point in the season and I think the engine guys have done a massive job.

Indeed, Vettel is excited to sample the new engine, teasing that the team has made 'big steps' in performance.

“This shouldn't be understood as a downside, if anything this is a positive sign because we have been pushing hard and the guys managed to make big steps in terms of performance.”

Asked whether Ferrari had considered deviating from the planned engine change in order to give Vettel more of a fighting chance in the title fight, the four-time champion says there was never any consideration for that.

“If you look at this race isolated, it is not great news but you have to look at the whole project and season. It was always the plan to have a fresh engine here and the priority was to have maximum power at every race. We have to take the hit here but we should see the positives that we were able to make big steps.”



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Taipan

October 22, 2015 9:11 PM

I don't blame Ferrari for taking a penalty on this, this season is a lost cause they have to look forward to next year. But how ridiculous is this penalty rule? every single person in F1 is calling out for more competition (with the exception of Toto and Niki possibly) but if you have to use an extra motor in order to try an upgrade you get a 10 place penalty making competition even more impossible. And why was this penalty rule brought in? oh that was to improve reliability and cut costs, then they introduced PU's that cost 5-10 times more than the old V8's! someone really is taking the piss out of us.

richard

October 22, 2015 7:22 PM

well, it does make sense. early testing of the 2016 engine. there was little chance of seb retaining 2 nd in wdc, despite that we would all like to see it. but ferrari know that they are close to being really able to challenge merc and are concentrating on next year for a full scale attack. and who knows, even from 11th+ seb could well still be on the podium



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