Formula 1 teams are only allowed to use a maximum number of parts per car within one season of some parts. If that number is exceeded, the driver will receive a grid penalty. For example, it is allowed to install three new combustion engines, but with the fourth the driver receives a grid penalty of ten places.
Only the first time is the grid penalty so high, after that the grid penalty for a new engine is halved. Max Verstappen thinks that is rather crooked. “That is of course something that should be looked at,” says the Dutchman in conversation with, among others, RacingNews365.
“The very first time it’s ten places back, then five. I think that’s a bit illogical. I think it should stay the same, because you go over the same limit every time.” Red Bull’s title rival Mercedes is making good use of this rule this season.
Reliability issues for Mercedes engines
The German racing stable seems to have a problem with the reliability of the engines. Lewis Hamilton, for example, got his fifth combustion engine screwed into his car in Brazil, while teammate Valtteri Bottas is already driving around with his sixth engine.
Verstappen is asked if he could also replace an engine every race. “We have enough parts yes. But the thing is, we don’t need it from our side,” said the Red Bull driver. So it is not likely that we will see Verstappen with a new engine in the last two races of the season.