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Belgian GP: Power Unit elements

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21/08/2014

Details of drivers power unit elements used prior to the Shell Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

Driver Car ICE TC MGU-K MGU-H ES CE
Vettel Red Bull 4 4 4 4 2 4
Ricciardo Red Bull 4 3 4 3 2 3
Hamilton Mercedes 3 3 3 3 3 3
Rosberg Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 3
Alonso Ferrari 3 3 3 3 3 4
Raikkonen Ferrari 3 3 3 4 4 3
Grosjean Lotus 4 5 4 4 2 3
Maldonado Lotus 5 5 5 5 3 3
Button McLaren 3 3 3 3 3 3
Magnussen McLaren 3 3 3 3 3 3
Hulkenberg Force India 3 3 3 3 2 2
Perez Force India 3 3 3 3 2 2
Sutil Sauber 4 4 4 4 4 3
Gutierrez Sauber 3 3 3 3 3 4
Vergne Toro Rosso 4 4 5 4 3 3
Kvyat Toro Rosso 5 4 5 3 2 2
Massa Williams 3 3 3 3 2 3
Bottas Williams 3 3 3 3 3 2
Bianchi Marussia 4 4 3 4 2 4
Rossi Marussia 4 4 4 4 3 4
Lotterer Caterham 3 3 3 3 3 4
Ericsson Caterham 4 4 3 3 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

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 CL, 23/08/2014 7:03

"Half way through the season and we already have 4 drivers at the limit with more not far behind. Looks like it's going to be a "race from the back" year for many. I think every team should blow up the remains of their quota and let the FIA decide the grid based on their latest spreadsheet, we don't need qualifying anymore."

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2. Posted by matra123, 22/08/2014 10:08

"As if F1 is not suffering enough from losing true followers, how in the world does an average motorsport fan (a) understand that a driver is to be punished because something quite out his control is defective and results in him being punished x number of grid positions, (b) understanding that there are various types of elements and (c) that there are differing grid penalties for different elements? Try explaining this at your local pub!"

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