Every F1 driver is restricted to utilizing not more than three engines per season with out taking a penalty, though it’s uncommon for anybody to get by means of a whole marketing campaign on that allocation.
Many groups opted to make use of each Spa and Monza to take extra energy unit parts, however it led to confusion over how the grid would line up because of the variety of penalties that needed to be utilized.
Ferrari workforce principal Binotto thought the FIA wanted to make clear how the grid penalties had been utilized to outline the beginning grid extra rapidly, in addition to contemplating a rise to the variety of engines earlier than penalising groups.
“The explanation why it took so lengthy [to publish the grid] is that there are actually completely different interpretations and the regulation shouldn’t be clear sufficient,” stated Binotto.
“That is one thing we have to handle actually for the longer term – I feel not solely how we determine the grid place primarily based on the penalties, I feel the quantity of penalties we bought as nicely is just too many.
“[It’s] tough for a fan, I feel, to see a automotive on pole and never begin on pole as a result of he bought grid penalties. So perhaps the three PUs per drivers is just too little at that stage for what now we have achieved.
“Perhaps it must be reconsidered for the subsequent seasons.”
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari
Picture by: Erik Junius
The race at Spa noticed Max Verstappen rating pole place in qualifying on Saturday, solely to drop to 14th on the grid after penalties had been utilized.
At Monza, 9 drivers took grid drops resulting from energy unit adjustments, however it took the FIA quite a lot of hours earlier than it printed the provisional beginning grid.
It fuelled requires a simplified course of from the FIA to keep away from such confusion – even among the many drivers – and supply a faster reply on what the beginning grid would appear to be as soon as qualifying had completed.
Drivers serve a 10-place grid penalty for the primary time they exceed the season restrict for every energy unit ingredient, and an additional five-place drop for each additional utilization past that.
Given the problem of overtaking at most of the upcoming circuits, most noticed Spa and Monza as the most effective alternative so as to add parts to their seasonal pool within the hope of attending to the top of the marketing campaign with none additional penalties.