2017 F1

F1 2017 Engine unit elements used so far – Hungarian GP

Some drivers have already taken power-unit related grid penalties in 2017, although others are near to the border.

After ten of 20 rounds, ThisisF1.com offers an overview of the power unit elements used prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

2017 Engine unit elements used so far

Driver
Car
ICE
TC
MGU-H
MGU-K
ES
CE
Lewis HamiltonMercedes 3
3
3
3
2
2
Valtteri BottasMercedes 3
3
3
3
2
2
Daniel RicciardoRed Bull 4
4
5
3
2
2
Max VerstappenRed Bull 3
3
4
2
2
2
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 3
4
3
2
2
3
Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari 3
4
3
2
2
2
Sergio PerezForce India 2
2
2
2
2
2
Esteban Ocon
Force India 2
2
2
2
2
2
Felipe MassaWilliams 2
2
2
2
2
2
Lance Stroll
Williams 2
2
2
2
1
2
Fernando AlonsoMcLaren 6
8
8
6
5
4
Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren 4
7
7
4
5
5
Daniil KvyatToro Rosso 3
3
4
2
3
3
Carlos SainzToro Rosso 3
3
4
3
2
3
Romain Grosjean
Haas 3
4
3
3
2
2
Kevin MagnussenHaas 3
4
3 3
2
2
Nico HulkenbergRenault 3
3
4
3
3
3
Jolyon PalmerRenault 3
4
4 2
3
3
Marcus Ericsson
Sauber 3
3
3
3
2
2
Pascal Wehrlein
Sauber 3
3
3
3
2
3

The power unit is deemed to consist of six separate elements: ICE = Internal Combustion Engine / TC = Turbo Charger / MGU-H = Motor Generator Unit – Heat / MGU-K = Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic / ES = Energy Store / CE = Control Electronics

Fernando Alonso, who received massive grid penalty throughout the season, and he says that was taken deliberately to allow him the maximum opportunity of a big result in the upcoming race.

Alonso said: “We made some big decisions in Silverstone in terms of taking grid penalties in preparation for this race, and hope that’s paid off so we can put ourselves in the best possible position for points this weekend.

“On paper, the Hungaroring presents one of the best opportunities for us this year – the short, twisty circuit means we are less reliant on outright power, and the drivers have to really depend on the capabilities of the chassis to get the best out of the lap.

“The important thing for us, as always, is reliability. Even if our car could perform better in Hungary, we need to have a trouble-free weekend to take advantage of every opportunity for points.” the Spaniard added.

What the sporting regulations say:

Unless he drives for more than one team, each driver may use no more than four power units during a championship season. The only exception is where the power unit is provided by a manufacturer or supplier taking part in its first championship season, in which case up to five may be used by a driver.

Each driver is permitted to use only four of each of the above six elements during a championship season and any combination of them may be fitted to a car at any one time. Should a driver use more than four of any of the six power unit elements during the course of a season, a grid penalty will be imposed.

The penalties imposed for using additional elements work thus: the first time a fifth of any of the elements is used, a ten-place grid penalty will be imposed. A five-place grid penalty will then be imposed the first time a fifth of any of the remaining elements is used. Likewise, the first time a sixth of any of the elements is used, a ten-place grid penalty will be imposed, and so on.

During any single event, if a driver introduces more than one of a power unit element that is subject to a grid penalty, only the last element fitted may be used at subsequent events without further penalty.

If a driver is replaced at any time during the season his replacement will be deemed to be the original driver for the purposes of assessing power unit usage.

Teams may only use homologated power units.

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