Maldonado faces engine change penalty

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Buddh International Circuit

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Buddh International Circuit

Pastor Maldonado will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a ten-place grid penalty.

The Williams driver will use his ninth engine of the season in the next race, which carries an automatic penalty.

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan said: “Pastor will use a ninth engine in Abu Dhabi, due to damage incurred following the gearbox failure in India, he will therefore incur a subsequent 10-place grid penalty.

Rubens [Barrichello] will use a new eighth engine.”

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22 comments on Maldonado faces engine change penalty

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st November 2011, 11:12

    Is this the first time someone has been done in on the eight-engine rule since it was adjusted to give drivers eight engines to be used at any time throughout the season?

  2. Ben Everard (@beneverard) said on 1st November 2011, 11:22

    This is why I think it would be good if the FIA were to release data on what engine is used by each driver during each session.

    I cannot think why it would be a bad idea, anyone?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st November 2011, 13:25

      As the season goes on, teams and drivers regularly use different engines in different sessions. When Maldonado had an engine blow up in FP1, it was near the end of its life cycle; likewise Fernando Alonso’s. The teams usually use older engines for the first session on Friday to limit the stress placed on newer ones.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st November 2011, 11:40

    I really think either the team, or the FOTA or FIA or FOM should start publishing information on how far they took their engines and which they are running (Hm, maybe something for the engine manufacturers to do?).

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 1st November 2011, 13:11

    FIA should update the number of Engine that is left for each driver after each race,I know some teams don’t want their rivals to know that but it’s the fan that pay,so for us they should look at it for 2012,I hope some high official take this note to Todt.

  5. East Londoner said on 1st November 2011, 16:51

    What a ridiculously unfair rule this is! Why should the driver be punished because his engines and gearboxes have given up the ghost?

  6. Frenky said on 1st November 2011, 21:33

    Does anybody knows how many engines are used other drivers?
    Thakn you….

  7. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 2nd November 2011, 9:24

    I’d be surprised if most hadn’tl used all 8 engines by this point in the season as the planned allocation won’t simply involve using each engine for multiple races in a row until it is finished, they will plan around a combination of non-sequential races for each engine based on circuit characteristics. Also, they won’t want to finish the season with one or more ‘fresh’ engines as that would be an inefficient use of the permitted allocation.

    Having said that Keith did mention that Barrichello will use a new eighth engine in Abu Dhabi (and presumably the same one for Brazil) so perhaps some teams have built in some margin in case of early engine failure. The cancellation of Bahrain will also have left some spare engine headroom. The teams could have re-optimised the planned engine use, but as the Bahrain race wasn’t finally shelved until well into the season this would have limited their options.

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