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Will one of the big F1 names fall foul of engine penalties this weekend?

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Will one of the big F1 names fall foul of engine penalties this weekend?
Sep 18, 2014, 10:15 AM

The Singapore Grand Prix this weekend is the 14th round of 19 and a few of the big name drivers are getting close to taking an penalty for exceedin...

The Singapore Grand Prix this weekend is the 14th round of 19 and a few of the big name drivers are getting close to taking an penalty for exceeding their allocation of five power units per season.

According to a data sheet issued in Singapore today by the FIA' technical delegate Jo Bauer, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado, Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton have all used five internal combustion engines already, while Daniil Kvyat took a penalty in Monza when he became the first driver to need a sixth engine.

Daniil Kvyat

All the Mercedes drivers are on four engines used, along with Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Estaban Gutierrez and the Caterham drivers.

The rules divide the Power Unit (PU) into six elements which can be moved between each of the five power units. When a team if forced to go beyond a set number of examples of each element of the PU a penalty will be incurred.

For this year the six elements are the engine (ICE), the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K), the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H), the energy store (ES), turbocharger (TC) and control electronics (CE).

Replacement of the complete power unit means the driver concerned must start the race from the pit lane. The first time a sixth example of any element is uses it incurs a 10-place grid penalty.

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