Lewis Hamilton is handed a FIVE-PLACE grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix after Mercedes decide to change his engine again in major blow to champion’s hopes of chasing down leader Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of winning a record-breaking eighth Formula One title have taken a major dent with the Mercedes driver handed a five-place grid penalty for a change of engine in Brazil. When asked about the possibility of a change of engine on Thursday night, Hamilton was coy, but refused to rule it out. ‘I cannot really comment (on a new engine) at the moment,’ Hamilton, 36, said. Hamilton, who has won just one of the last eight races, is taking on a fifth power unit of the season after changing it in Turkey last month, only to finish fifth in Istanbul and three spots behind title favourite Verstappen.

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