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Hamilton to start Italian Grand Prix after penalty

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix at the back because of a grid penalty for using too many engine parts. The…

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian Grand Prix at the back because of a grid penalty for using too many engine parts.

The seven-time champion has been given his fourth power unit of the season – one more than is permitted.

Hamilton’s brand-new third engine was damaged when he crashed into Alpine’s Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes say they are still working out a “recovery plan” for the engine.

“That’s my doing,” said Hamilton. “We’re still hopeful we can use that again but I have to recover the best I can from the back.”