Crash pushes Hartley on brink of engine penalties

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Crash pushes Hartley on brink of engine penalties
By: Scott Mitchell
May 13, 2018, 11:27 AM

Toro Rosso has salvaged Brendon Hartley's chassis ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix but replaced every component in his Honda engine.

Charlie Whiting, FIA Delegate observes the crash site of Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13
Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13
The crashed car of Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 is recovered
The crashed car of Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 is recovered in FP3
Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13

Hartley suffered a high-speed crash in final practice at Barcelona that destroyed the rear of the car and forced him to miss qualifying.

Though the car can be repaired, Hartley must take a complete new Honda power unit, as well as a new gearbox.

The gearbox change is inconsequential because Hartley failed to take part in qualifying, so he was already due to start at the back.

Replacing the internal combustion engine, MGU-H and MGU-K, turbocharger, control electronics and energy store will have an impact beyond this race.

It pushes Hartley to the brink of an engine-related grid penalty already, because Honda changed the MGU-H and the turbo after a problem in the Australian Grand Prix.

Hartley's move to a third MGU-H and turbo, the limit drivers must adhere to over the entire season, guarantees him a grid drop whenever Honda introduces its first major upgrade.

Drivers receive a 10-place penalty the first time an additional element is used, and five places for each additional element after.

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