Lewis was reprimanded for the second time this year due to incorrectly rejoining the circuit during qualifying at Sochi. The first instance was for reversing in the Bahrain GP pitlane during qualifying.
“I’m aware there’s going to be at least one 10-place penalty in the future because I’ve got one more reprimand to go,” he said to Autosport.
The third infringement will demote him 10 places.
Obviously the season thus far has been a bitter disappointment to the Hamfosi but it’s set to look even more bleak when we take into account the PU problems. Hamilton believes it is now inevitable he will get a grid penalty for exceeding his engine-part allocation at some point during the 2016 Formula 1 season.
These further penalties are applied when the sixth component of one of six items, ICE, turbo, MGU-H, MGU-K, control electronics and energy store are taken, Lewis is already on his third turbocharger and MGU-H with 17 races remaining.
“I’m running out of engines so that’s on my mind,”
“It’s not that it’s hurting, it’s just… it’s not great. What’s pretty key is that we understand what it is, more so than before, and try and be careful in how we pick out all the engines because obviously I have only three for the rest of the year. So I’m going to have another penalty at some point, but I’ll do the best job I can.”