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British GP: Power Unit elements

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03/07/2014

Details of drivers power unit elements used prior to the Santander British Grand Prix weekend.

Driver Car ICE TC MGU-K MGU-H ES CE
Vettel Red Bull 4 4 3 4 2 4
Ricciardo Red Bull 3 3 3 3 2 2
Hamilton Mercedes 3 3 3 3 3 3
Rosberg Mercedes 3 3 3 3 3 3
Alonso Ferrari 3 3 3 3 3 3
Raikkonen Ferrari 3 3 3 4 3 3
Grosjean Lotus 3 3 3 2 2 3
Maldonado Lotus 4 4 4 4 2 3
Button McLaren 3 3 3 3 2 2
Magnussen McLaren 3 3 3 3 2 2
Hulkenberg Force India 3 3 3 3 2 2
Perez Force India 3 3 3 3 2 2
Sutil Sauber 3 3 3 3 3 3
Gutierrez Sauber 3 3 3 3 3 3
Vergne Toro Rosso 3 3 3 2 2 3
Kvyat Toro Rosso 4 4 4 3 2 2
Massa Williams 3 3 3 3 2 3
Bottas Williams 3 3 3 3 2 2
Bianchi Marussia 4 4 3 4 2 2
Chilton Marussia 3 3 3 3 3 3
Kobayashi Caterham 2 2 2 2 3 4
Ericsson Caterham 2 2 2 2 2 3

ICE = Internal combustion Engine
TC = Turbo Charger
MGU-K = Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic
MGU-H = Motor Generator Unit - Heat
ES = Energy Store
CE = Control Electronics

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Note: Drivers are able to use five of the new power units this season. However, this is more complicated than it first appears since the power unit is deemed to comprise six elements, which can be moved between units should the need arise.

Drivers are able to use five of each of the following: 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). Each element can be rotated among units.

However, should a driver use more than five of any one of the elements a grid penalty will be imposed at the first event during which each additional element is used. The first time a driver uses a sixth element, a ten-place grid penalty is imposed. Different sixth elements used later will incur a five-place grid penalty. The first time a driver uses a seventh element, a ten-place grid penalty will be imposed. Different seventh elements used later will incur a five-place grid penalty and so on...

If a grid penalty is imposed, and the driver's grid position is such that the full penalty cannot be applied, the remainder of the penalty will be applied at the driver's next race. However, no remaining penalties will be carried forward for more than one race.

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1. Posted by Paul C, 04/07/2014 1:49

"I just want to see a good race, not worry about how many parts drivers have used. F1 needs unlimited parts and limited hospitality. Forget the motor mansions, give the teams all of the equipment they need to test and compete. Focus the spending on the racing! Chuck out all of the electronic crap, keep the turbo and an unrestricted DRS. If these are the world's best drivers, keep it simple and competitive."

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