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Lewis Hamilton handed 10-place grid penalty for Turkish Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton will be penalised on the grid on Sunday  (Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton will be penalised on the grid on Sunday (Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton will take a 10-place grid penalty for the Turkish Grand Prix, it has been confirmed.

The seven-time world champion, who leads the driver’s standings after winning the Russian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, has opted to take a fourth engine part of the season – one more than allowed – for Sunday’s race.

As a result he will drop 10 places on the grid from wherever he qualifies on Saturday, as per FIA rules.

He has, however, only taken one power-unit component so won’t be subjected to a full grid drop.

Title rival Max Verstappen took a similar penalty in Sochi and started from the back of the grid before going on to finish second behind Hamilton.

Hamilton leads Verstappen by two points with seven races of a fiercely contested season remaining.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has undergone a full engine change and will start the race from the back of the grid.

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