Lewis Hamilton is set to serve a grid penalty at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix due to the use of a sixth power unit component.

The Mercedes driver has already used five MGU-H and turbo components and was well aware that a grid penalty was in the pipeline, with the team suggesting they would take one after the summer break.

It’s believed that Mercedes will serve the penalty and give Hamilton a fresh power unit this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, as the high-speed nature of the circuit suits the Mercedes power and it also offers multiple overtaking options.

FIA regulations state that the use of a new component incurs a 10-place grid penalty, which means Hamilton will serve a 20-place grid drop after receiving two new parts.

After entering the summer break on a hot streak by winning all four Grands Prix in July, Hamilton leads the championship over teammate Rosberg by 19 points.

Image via Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas 

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