Mercedes say they expect to be able to complete repairs to Lewis Hamilton’s car in time for him to take part in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
A Mercedes spokesperson confirmed: “We will be replacing both front corners (suspension and wheel assemblies), nose, barge boards and floor” on Hamilton’s car.
“Barring unexpected nasty surprises, we believe we can complete all of the work in time for the start of qualifying,” they added.
Qualifying is due to begin at 3pm local time, and Mercedes will have to get Hamilton’s car on track during the opening, 18-minute Q1 session.
As the team has not indicated it will need to replace any parts of the power unit or gearbox on Hamilton’s car, he should not have to take any grid penalties.
Hamilton’s crash meant he only covered four laps in final practice. However the disruption to the session meant no one else did more than 15 laps of running in the final hour before qualifying.
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