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FIA set to allow more F1 engines after Monza penalty chaos

FIA set to allow more F1 engines after Monza penalty chaos
FIA set to allow more F1 engines after Monza penalty chaos

Every F1 driver is limited to using no more than three engines per season without taking a penalty, although it’s rare for someone to spend an entire campaign on this allowance.

Many teams opted to use both Spa and Monza to take extra power unit items, but this caused confusion over how the grid would line up due to the number of penalties that needed to be applied .

Ferrari team principal Binotto said the FIA ​​needed to clarify how grid penalties were applied to set the starting grid faster, as well as consider an increase in engine numbers before penalizing teams .

“The reason why it took so long [to publish the grid] it’s that there are certainly different interpretations and the regulations are not clear enough,” Binotto said.

“It’s something we have to address for sure for the future – I think not only the way we decide grid position based on penalties, I think the number of penalties we also have is too much. raised.

“[It’s] hard for a fan, I think, to see a car on pole and not start on pole because he got grid penalties. So maybe the three PU per driver is too little at this point for what we’ve achieved.

“Maybe that needs to be reconsidered for future seasons.”

Mattia Binotto Ferrari

Photo by: Erik Junius

The race at Spa saw Max Verstappen take pole position in qualifying on Saturday, only to drop to 14th on the grid after penalties were applied.

At Monza, nine drivers dropped out of the grid due to powertrain changes, but it took several hours for the FIA ​​to publish the provisional starting grid.

This fueled calls for a streamlined process from the FIA ​​to avoid such confusion – even among drivers – and provide a quicker answer on what the starting grid would look like once qualifying is over.

Drivers serve a 10-seat grid penalty for the first time they exceed the season limit for each power unit item, and another five-seat drop for each additional use beyond that.

Given the difficulty of overtaking at many upcoming circuits, most saw Spa and Monza as the best opportunity to add to their seasonal pool in the hope of getting to the end of the campaign without further penalty. .

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