Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been handed a potential blow ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix with a 10-place grid penalty likely to come his way.
The British driver is currently leading the race for the championship, leading his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 19 points.
Hamilton has won six races so far this season, with Rosberg winning five, and with just nine races left in the calendar, points are becoming more and more vital for each driver.
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However, Hamilton will face a tricky task in obtaining points this weekend as he faces a 10-grid penalty following a problem with his engine, his Mercedes team have confirmed.
A penalty has been looming over Mercedes and Hamilton since the start of the season following engine problems, but it's now looking likely that he will be hit with one this weekend, meaning he will start 10 places down from his qualifying position.
According to reports, Mercedes have been weighing up whether to take the penalty this week in Belgium or to take it at Italy, with the team feeling confident Hamilton can claw back places at either circuit.
However, it's looking likely that the team has agreed to take the penalty this week, with them confirming they are expecting a penalty to come their way.
"(An engine penalty) is likely and confirmation is expected tomorrow (Thursday)," Mercedes said.
Mercedes suffered several problems at the start of the season, which lead to Hamilton falling 43 points behind his teammate, but despite this, going into the weekend the Brit now leads his teammate by 19 points.
Hamilton has won six out of the last seven races, and will need to put in the race of his career if he's to get on the podium in Belgium.
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