The FIA released the Formula 1 calendar for 2017 and also made some changes to the regulations concerning engine penalties.
You’ll recall that Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took several new component penalties at the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps and while he did receive a new supply of engines by exploiting the penalty loop hole, some were wondering how this can actually be the right regulation as it was missing the point of the punitive results of changing engine components.
IF taking new engines for every session over a weekend only results in one penalty and a start from the back of the grid for that race only, then all the teams would be bringing two or three new complete engines to a race weekend in order to build up their supply and that’s not the spirit of the regulation. Taking one penalty during the season to have eight engines instead of five is not really the intent. The FIA said:
“During any single event, if a driver introduces more than one of a power unit element that is subject to penalty, only the last element fitted may be used at subsequent events without further penalty,”
“This is to prevent the stockpiling of spare power unit elements.”
That change will eliminate teams from adding two or three new engines to their pool for the season while only taking one penalty for the infraction.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT