Alpine director Marcin Budkowski believes Formula 1 and the teams should come up with something together to reduce the number of grid penalties. In the past three races, ten drivers have already been given a grid penalty for changing a part. Budkowski thinks that is too much and says that the number of allowed engine changes should be increased.
Currently, teams are only allowed to replace three turbochargers, internal combustion engines, MGU-H and MGU-K parts. They are also only allowed to replace the energy storage and the control electronics twice. According to the Alpine director, this is too limiting and therefore results in so many grid penalties. The calendar is also getting bigger every year so the number of changes should also increase.
Budkowski: ‘It’s a subjective thing’
“If we had four and three changes instead of two and one, we wouldn’t have had so many grid penalties now,” Budkowski is quoted by Motorsport.com . Still, the Pole understands that Formula 1 is not yet throwing it up. A line has to be drawn somewhere. ‘If you throw it up, people will take more risks and then they will automatically throw in a fifth engine. It never ends and there has to be a limit somewhere.”
“I still think four and three changes would have been more appropriate for this season,” said Budkowski. “Then we would have had fewer penalties. This discussion must be held with the Formula 1 committee.’ Then Budkowski is asked whether he thinks grid penalties are ruining Formula 1. ‘It’s a subjective thing. I have not yet met anyone who is a fan of grid penalties.’