Before the stage in Sao Paulo, a new engine was installed on Lewis Hamilton's car – the replacement affected only the internal combustion unit. With him, the Briton broke through in the sprint from 20th place to fifth, and in the main race he won from tenth position on the grid. Last weekend in Qatar, Sir Sevenfold's Mercedes had an older engine, but during the upcoming weekend in Jeddah, Lewis will again receive a Brazilian "rocket", which should help him in the fight for the title with Max Verstappen. However, as Red Bull racing consultant Helmut Marko said, according to his information, Mercedes decided to slightly reduce the engine output so that it could withstand exactly until the end of the championship. "The Lewis engine will no longer be as powerful as in Brazil–" the 78-year-old Austrian told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. - I also don't think they used their special rear wing here [in Qatar]. So we are not giving up, the fight continues." Earlier, Marco had already commented on Mercedes' decision.
At the last stages, the FIA tightened the verification of compliance of the rear wings on F1 cars with the requirements of the rules. The F1 season will continue at the new track in Jeddah on December 3-5.