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Charles Pic to take engine change penalty in qualifying in Korea

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October 12, 2012 6:41 PM

I am at a loss as to why and how PIC is using the ninth engine, this as the engine cycle statistics I collect reads.
PIC used/raced, engine 1 Australia, engine 2 Malaysia, China, Bahrain, engine 3 Spain, Monaco, engine 4 Canada, European, British, engine 5 Germany, Hungary, engine 6 Belgium, engine 7 Italia, Singapore, Japan, did they found engine 8 defective even before being used?


October 12, 2012 7:45 PM

sunny. could it me a clever ploy by marussia? they can use a new engine knowing that they in effect get no penalty. maybe hoping to climb above hrt and lotus who are both having to use old engines.


October 12, 2012 8:46 PM

Richard, I don't think so as the engine rules unlike the gearbox rules prevents such ploys, an engine that has been declared as needing replacement by a ninth engine cannot be used/raced again.
To me it means that this ninth engine will be raced for as long as it holds up in the remaining races.
Let's make thing a bit more clear, a driver is allocated eight engines, anyone of these engines can be used for as many races as the teams wants and at any race during the season, but when the ninth engine is used no one of those eight engines can be used (raced).


October 12, 2012 9:02 PM

Sunny, I think Richard is saying maybe Marusia are planning on using a new engine at all of the remaining races, knowing that the qualifying penalty will be minimal but the race gain may be benificial. Sounds plausable to me, could that be done without any major penalty?


October 12, 2012 9:08 PM

ty. yes. although my point was aimed mainly at this race, you are right. i had realised that they can use a new engine in all remaining races. mind you, it will cost them,but the rewards could exceed the cost.

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