F1, 2008-style: The Good, the Bad, and the Mosley

Posted: March 23, 2006 by Neeraj in External, FIA, News

As reported on v8central

In the words of regulation 86, “Each driver may use no more than one engine for two consecutive Events in which his team competes. Should a driver use a replacement engine he will be required to comply with a minimum weight limit 15 kg higher than stated in Article 4.1 of the 2008 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations at that Event each time an engine other than the original one is used.” Cars that change engines after qualifying will no longer be sent to the back of the grid.

New for 2008 is a four-race gearbox rule. It will operate under similar terms to the engine rule, with the same 15 kg penalty per change.

These are just 2 of many changes that will follow. I pointed out these two because I don’t understand the sanctity behind changing it.

Say, if a car changes both engine & gearbox for a race, then 30 kg of fuel will be added, and that is as good as full tank. Now in qualifiers the driver gets somewhere around 15th position, which is quiet possible atleast for the fast teams like Renault, McLaren, Ferrari, Williams. Then with tankfull of fuel, it will only benefit the team since they will be able to run longer in the race. So what is the difference it bring from current penalty ? Because even today, with engine change penalty, most of the teams prefer to run with more fuel onboard their cars.

What do you think ? Will this change in penalty will make any difference ?

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  1. sukhi says:

    “The good, the bad and the Mosley”

    havent read it entirety, but hated the “engine changes freeze” rule.

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