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Honda exploited ‘good faith’ of penalty cap – Whiting

Honda exploited 'good faith' of penalty cap - Whiting

Honda exploited ‘good faith’ of penalty cap – Whiting

Charlie Whiting has admitted the new rule scrapping in-race penalties was exploited by McLaren-Honda last weekend in Belgium.

After fans decried the grid penalties that spilled into in-race penalties for cars falling foul of the long-life engine rules this year, the FIA agreed to a tweak.

For McLaren-Honda at Spa, it meant the team could rack up penalties totalling an incredible 100-plus grid demotions for changing engines throughout the weekend, but never fall lower than last place on the grid.

Team managing director Jonathan Neale said it was a “strategy to get more engines in the pool to give us a clearer run” into the second half of the season.

But when asked if McLaren had abused the new rule, F1 race director Whiting told Auto Motor und Sport: “The FIA had expressed these concerns to the strategy group.

“However, we had the feeling that the negative comments from almost all parties concerning the penalty system with additional penalties in the race was harming the sport even more.

“Of course,” he added, “the rule was written in good faith, not to give the incentive to do what Honda did.” (GMM)


  • Aleksey

    The whole point of limited engines is about cost savings to the teams over the span of a written regulation. McLaren surely can afford all these extra engines (though Honda most likely is picking up the tab in 2015), however, not all teams can afford these many engines.

  • Dave

    Honda did the right thing. This is caused because there is no testing space or any room for big upgrades. Mercedes can do it too if they like. Would be fun to see them start at the back for once. Honda is doing something about it. Are you mr. Whiting?

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