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New engine is a very positive sign – Vettel

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US Grand Prix: New engine is a very positive sign - Vettel

US Grand Prix: New engine is a very positive sign – Vettel

Lewis Hamilton given a boost in his journey to be crowned a triple-time champion in US Grand Prix following Ferrari decided to put new engines in its cars at the U.S. Grand Prix, handed a 10-place penalty for Sebastian Vettel on the starting grid.

Hamilton needs to outscore Vettel by nine points and his team-mate Nico Rosberg by two points to become the first Briton to win back-to-back F1 championships.

The Italian F1 outfit has already used its allowed four engines this season. Using a fifth incurs the penalty.

“Yes, we will have the hit of a 10 places penalty for a new engine at this event but it has always been the plan,” Vettel told media at the Circuit of the Americas.

“It is not a big secret and no surprise for us. This was always the plan for us to have the strongest engine available at every single point in the season.

“I think our engine guys have done actually a massive job. So this should not be understood as a down side.

Four-time world champion look forward with new power unit – “I think if anything this is a very positive sign because we are pushing very hard and the guys have managed to make big steps in terms of performance.”

“Obviously if you look at just this race in isolation, for sure it’s not great news but then you have to look at the whole project, the whole season and it was always the plan to have a fresh engine until the end of the season from here. The German added

“The priority was always to have maximum power at every single race and that has been our plan and I think it worked very well so far.

“Obviously we have to take the hit here but then we should see the positive and the fact we were able to make big steps.”

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