Engine penalties overhauled | Singapore Informer

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The FIA has rubber-stamped the simplification of F1’s controversial power unit penalties and the granting of an additional engine to Honda with immediate effect.

Both items were proposals agreed upon by the F1 Strategy Group ahead of last weekend’s British Grand Prix but needed the sign off of first the F1 Commission and then the World Motor Sport Council before they could be inserted into the Sporting Regulations.

With the WMSC holding their latest meeting in Mexico City on Friday – at which a provisional 21-race calendar for 2016 was also announced – the body confirmed that the complicated system for applying grid drops for drivers exceeding their allocation of four penalty-free power units for the season had been abolished. Drivers who now take a fifth and subsequent engines will face no harsher sanction than starting at the back of the grid.

McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso each picked up 25-place grid drops in Austria last month, but with only 20 cars on the grid in 2015 both drivers had to serve additional in-race pit lane penalties to make up the difference.

“The simplification of the power unit penalties, ensuring that the most a driver can be penalised is to be demoted to the rear of the grid – this will eliminate penalties during the race for these infractions,” an FIA statement confirmed.

Meanwhile, the WMSC also gave the green light for any new engine makers entering the sport in forthcoming years to be granted five…

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