The rumors from Austria state that an error was found in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. As a result, all Mercedes engines will have to be removed and fixed.
The F1 season start is round the corner, and so are the rumors. This time, it has to do with reigning champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in Austria.
What happened to Lewis Hamitlon’s Mercedes engine?
According to a Twitter and Reddit user Jeroen van Kesteren, Mercedes F1 cars have suffered from an engine error and would have to be called back. He ended his post with a “I kid you not”.
When quizzed on Twitter by users on the authenticity of the source, he put it on a local Dutch reporter. He also attached a link for the story, which was written in Dutch.
🕵🏼♂️ F1 gossip from Austria 🇦🇹
An error was found in Hamilton’s car, that’s why all Mercedes engines (also customers) needs to be removed from all cars to check and fix.
— Jeroen van Kesteren 🧡 (@JeroenKesteren) July 2, 2020
He went on to retweet the quote from the Dutch reporter, which read: “On the way here I got a call and I understood that the engines at Mercedes have to be taken out. A mistake would have been found in the Mercedes engine [of Lewis] and now all engines, including those at the customers, have to be swapped.”
Rumors quashed as untrue by reliable F1 journo
Following this, the rumor was swiftly termed as “not true” by Autosport F1 journalist Luke Smith. He commented “Fact check: a colleague in Austria had it confirmed with Mercedes that is not true”.
Reddit users laughed it off, even suggesting it to be a ploy by the Dutch media to hype Max Verstappen, who is looking to win at the Red Bull Arena again this season. The competition is fierce, with Red Bull looking to end Mercedes’ dominance, and win a first title since 2013.
It all starts with the first race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, with the practice sessions beginning tomorrow. It would be intriguing where all the teams stand ahead of the Final Race on Sunday.