Lewis Hamilton set for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix boost, with Mercedes chief Toto Wolff admitting the ‘spicy’ engine that fired him to stunning Brazil win will return in bid to close gap to Max Verstappen heading into potential F1 title decider

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff is ready to unleash the incredible engine that helped Lewis Hamilton power to a supreme victory at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix eight days ago. Hamilton was given a new engine for the race in Brazil, which with a focus on performance rather than reliability enabled him to come from last place in the Saturday sprint qualifying race to first in the grand prix after passing chief title rival Max Verstappen. Hamilton triumphed from pole position at Qatar on Sunday, again in front of Verstappen, using an older spec engine to trim the championship gap to the Red Bull driver down to just eight points with two races to spare. The Dutchman even won the season ending race last season, but it has usually been a track favoured by Mercedes. When asked if Hamilton’s new engine was the best yet, Wolff was bullish about its performance.

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