Wednesday, February 1, 2023

All F1 2022 Engine Penalties

while Formula 1 With his mind set on the 2023 championship, which begins with the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir on March 5, there are still aspects of last season’s event to review.

In this case we will be dealing with penalties for changing engines, a matter that made headlines several times in 2022 and even caused confusion among competitors and fans about the starting order, as happened at the Italian GP .

A total of 20 times drivers were sent to the back of the grid or starting from the pitlane, while there were 36 penalties for 137 overused engine parts. This means that, on average, each driver changed so many engine parts (or so late) once that a simple fine was no longer sufficient.

Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri was the hardest hit. He was sent to the back of the grid or pitlane on three occasions. In addition, the Japanese driver was penalized five points for the gearbox change and ten points for accumulating five reprimands, although he did not have to comply with the latter as he had already been relegated to the back of the grid in Italy.

Charles Leclerc’s fight for the world title was also not easy due to serious reliability problems for Ferrari in the middle of the season. The Monegasque had to start from the bottom twice (Canada and Belgium) and received ten penalty positions in Austin.

His teammate Carlos Sainz was sent to the back of the grid twice (in France and Italy) and received a five-position ban once (Brazil).

Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were twice dropped at the back of the grid and also received five-place penalties. Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas was officially pushed to the back of the grid once, but took +20 and +15 positions in two other races, being at the very bottom of the field.

Mick Schumacher (Haas) was placed at the back of the grid once more in Belgium and was given a further 15 places at Monza.

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Despite a total of 36 penalties for 137 overused engine parts, there were drivers and even entire teams that made it through the season without penalty. Aston Martin stayed completely within the quota with two of its drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, and Williams also worked with Nicolas Latifi and Alexander Albon with their elements.

The only driver who was never penalized was Daniel Ricciardo. It is worth bearing in mind that both Aston Martin, Williams and McLaren use Mercedes engines.

However, the German brand’s works team had to accept penalties with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell: the seven-time champion started from the back at Monza, while the young Brit started from the pit lane in Singapore.

World champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) only had to start from the back of the grid in Belgium, actually finishing 14th due to a large number of penalties, and received a five-place ban at Monza.

Sergio Pérez, for his part, served a ten-place penalty at Monza and then a five-place penalty for the Austin race.

If we look at the individual element statistics, the teams had a bad time with the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) as apart from the five drivers who passed perfectly without penalty, all the drivers were over the limit. In the case of turbochargers and MGU-Hs, 14 out of 20 drivers exceeded the limit, Bottas being the one who did it the most, as he used seven MGU-Hs against the three allowed.

A total of 12 pilots crossed the limits of MGU-K, as well as the Electronic Center. And in the case of energy storage, more than half (11 out of 20) make do with the allowable allowance.

The easiest compliance was with the exits, of which eight items were allowed to be used throughout the season. In this case only Charles Leclerc crossed the threshold. Other drivers, such as Sebastian Vettel, were well below the limit with the use of three elements.

Gearbox is also subject to duty from 2022. Previously it had to run a certain number of races in a row (unless a driver retired), but this is now limited to four units per car, divided into exterior and interior elements. Seven drivers went over the limit, with Mick Schumacher the only driver to do so twice for both gearbox parts.

For the 2023 Formula 1 season, the same rules and allocations will again apply when it comes to engine parts. The only exception is that if a driver changes both gearbox parts at the same time, the sum of the penalties will no longer be doubled, but will be taken together as the five conditions penalty at present.

However, it is not yet clear how many gearbox items will be allowed. It depends on the number of races in the season. With the season’s 24 races initially planned, each driver could use five gearboxes, but due to China’s default, there are currently “only” 23 races for which the rules provide for four gearboxes. It has not yet been decided whether there will be a replacement race, and even a return to China has not been ruled out.

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