Lewis Hamilton will incur a 15-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix as his Mercedes will be fitted with a new power unit for the weekend.

Both Hamilton and his team mate Nico Rosberg have been handed new systems, which means that Hamilton has exceeded the allocated five MGU-H and turbo allowances. It’s the fourth power unit for both drivers this season.

The 15-place grid penalty comes as Hamilton took a sixth element which results in a 10-place drop, while any additional element taken is a further five places.

The possibility remains that Mercedes could introduce additional elements for Hamilton’s power unit to help get him to the end of the season without any further grid penalties, meaning a further 15-place grid penalty for this weekend.

However, this would only see the Briton starting from the back of the grid and not incurring any in-race penalties.

Hamilton currently holds a 19 point lead over Rosberg in the championship standings, after winning all four races held last month in July.

Image via Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas 

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