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Lewis Hamilton should be kicked back into Saudi GP network as new engine is ‘spicy’, says F1 rival Alonso

According to Fernando Alonso, LEWIS HAMILTON should be started at the back of the grid.

The Spaniard is not pleased when Hamilton is set to change engines for this weekend’s Saudi Arabian GP – a power unit labeled as ‘spicy’ by Merc boss Toto Wolff.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on the podium in Qatar

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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on the podium in QatarCredit: Reuters

Hamilton dropped five places in Brazil for using one more engine than his three-goal allocation for the season.

It caused a penalty but it still got him an unlikely win in Sao Paulo, despite starting in 10th place.

Hamilton’s opponents, Max Verstappen, said at the time that the Briton could use the new engine in every remaining race – and still go on to win the championship, despite the penalties.

And two-time world champion Alonso agrees, saying there should be stricter penalties for any driver using more than three engines in a season.

“Those who have exceeded a certain number of engines each year should be sent to the back of the grid,” he said.

Hamilton managed to take Verstappen’s advantage and bring it down to just eight points with two races remaining.


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Mercedes is the favorite candidate for this weekend’s inaugural GP in Saudi Arabia.

High speed race track is still being completed and 1996 world champion Damon Hill said he was concerned about the safety of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

He said: “The track, we’re going to explore, it’s going to be a big challenge by the looks of things.

“I’m a bit worried about the speed. There’s not a lot of running. They have a SAFETY barrier that they’re used to, like in Indianapolis, but it’s going to be very high-speed and not a lot of flow.

“High risk, high danger. That always grabs your attention as a racer.

“It’s a completely different kind of track. It has corners. Some of the sweeps look quite long, so it could be the intersection between Singapore and Baku.

“I think it’s great that nobody knows where they’re going. It’s a completely unknown place, an unknown track and it’s a pivotal moment in the championship.”

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