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Binotto calls for increase in engine component allocation

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22/09/2022

Numerous grid penalties at the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, leave Ferrari boss, Mattia Binotto suggesting the allocation of engine components should be increased.

Numerous teams opted to take penalties at Spa and Monza due to the fact that it is easier to overtake at those two tracks compared to Singapore and Suzuka that follow.

However, after Japan there will be four races remaining and in all likelihood teams will opt to take on new components at COTA in preparation for the likes of Abu Dhabi.

Aside from the ongoing debate over how the penalties are applied and the fact that it took almost four hours in Italy before officials could confirm the grid order, Mattia Binotto believes that the allocation of components should be increased.

Currently drivers are limited to just three Internal Combustion Engines (ICE), three Turbochargers, MGU-Hs and MGU-Ks, however, in the case of Control Electrics and Energy Stores they are limited to just 2. For 2021 Exhaust Systems were added to the list of components, with drivers limited to 8 for the season.

Exceeding the allowed number of units means a 10-place grid drop the first time it happens, and 5-places thereafter.

With nine drivers taking penalties at Monza, pole-man Charles Leclerc was the only driver to start the race from the position in which he qualified.

"It's difficult for a fan, I think, to see a car on pole and not start on pole because he got grid penalties," admitted Binotto. "So maybe the three PUs per drivers is too little at that stage for what we have achieved. Maybe it needs to be reconsidered for the next seasons."

Referring to the almost four hour wait until the Monza grid was confirmed, he said: "The reason why it took so long is that there are certainly different interpretations and the regulation is not clear enough.

"That's something we need to address certainly for the future, not only how we decide the grid position based on the penalties, the amount of penalties we got as well is too many."

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 20/09/2022 20:36

"All I know is that with 24 races next year and limited scope for PU development there should be more parts available.
I wonder if Ferrari could whip out the old veto?"

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2. Posted by Endre, 20/09/2022 20:00

"It makes no sense whatsoever anymore to have limits on power unit elements and in season testing. Restrictions on these were introduced with the aim of reducing costs. With budget cap in place what is the point anymore? Let the teams manage things as they see fit. "

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3. Posted by elsiebc, 20/09/2022 17:06

"I think the FIA needs to not only limit the number of PU's so that they adjust their driving to the life of those items (when was the last time you saw a comfortable win lost on the last lap by an engine failure due to a team over stressing their equipment to gain an edge?), but other items as well. If they limit front wings and uprights drivers will be more cautious at race starts and in the corners which will not only save money on those components and the cost of designing those components but also reduce risks to drivers, marshals, and fans alike. But what two components do they use the most of? Tires and fuel. They spend huge amounts of money taking all those tires and kilos of fuel all over the world. And with more races that's more freight. In the interest of road relevance and to lower costs they need to limit the tire allowance over the course of the year. Drivers have already shown that they can adjust their driving to save tire wear and to save fuel so just limit the allowance and the drivers will adjust more. If they want to add tires or fuel to their pool they can do so and take a grid penalty and then you can get your reverse grids, the cars with fresher tires at the back. And the fans will get to see plenty of passing in the approved (DRS) zones. What's not to like?!?"

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4. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 20/09/2022 13:47

"Maybe the FIA SHOULD change the rules on Power Unit allowances - simply ban any additions. Teams must use only the permitted number of components."

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