The Sport has resisted a push to call off a scheduled engine rule change for 2018. Earlier, with the end of this season now affected by a spate of confusing grid penalties, some argued that reducing the per-driver allocation of engines from 4 engines this year to 3 in 2018 was a bad idea.
“I tried to get it changed at an earlier meeting, but there was no support,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
“This engine has done nothing positive for F1 since it was introduced. What concerns me is that we are going to three engines for next year with more races. To me that should be number one on the agenda at the next strategy meeting. I tried to get it changed at a meeting earlier in the year but there was no support. I would hope that would now be different with teams incurring and staring down the barrel of future penalties between now and the end of the year.”
“Obviously the penalty needs to be a significant deterrent because the whole purpose of this limitation of engines was also cost savings,” Horner added. “But it is not saving the costs because the engines are going on a world tour anyway. They are being used, and you are just incurring penalties as a result. So perhaps we need to get back to a more equitable balance, maybe five engines is the right number rather than four going to three.” Horner added.
But now, at the latest World Motor Sport Council meeting, the original plan to move from 4 to 3 engines in 2018 was ratified.
Not only that, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that “In 2018, only two MGU-K, batteries and ECUs may be used” per driver without penalty for the entire 21-race calendar.
Article 23.3 a) of the 2018 Sporting Regulations, states: “Unless he drives for more than one team, each driver may use no more than 3 engines (ICE), 3 motor generator units-heat (MGU-H), 3 turbochargers (TC), 2 energy stores (ES), 2 control electronics (CE) and 2 motor generator units-kinetic (MGU-K).
“Should a driver use more than the numbers set in a) above of any one of the elements during a Championship season, a grid place penalty will be imposed upon him at the first event during which each additional element is used.”