He currently leads team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg in the championship
Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he will accept a grid penalty at this weekend's Belgian F1 Grand Prix.
The punishment is related to engine issues and he is likely to be given at least a 10-place demotion.
"As far as l am aware we will be taking a penalty this weekend," he told reporters.
He and his team had envisaged taking the grid penalty - which was a consequence of reliability issues that plagued him at the start of the season - in Belgium or at the Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton leads Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 19 points in the drivers' championship.
To gain at least one point at Spa, Hamilton would need to finish 10th in Sunday's Grand Prix.