Formula 1’s new three-engine limit will present teams with a “headache” for the 2018 season, according to Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul.

In a bid to reduce engine costs and push more economically-friendly developments, each driver will only be permitted three MGU-H, turbocharger and ICE units for the entirety of the 2018 season before incurring penalties, while only two MGU-K, control electronics and energy store components will be allowed. 

The move has received a backlash of criticism given the calendar has been increased back to 21 races. Red Bull chief Christian Horner labelled the decision “absolutely barking mad”, but Abiteboul believes a late change to the rules could yet be agreed between teams and the sport’s hierarchy. 

"It's a headache but it's a known headache," Abiteboul told Sky Sports News. "We knew that it was coming so we have built our plans and strategy accordingly. Right now there is nothing to indicate that we can't stick to this plan.

"Having said that, I still don't believe it's the right thing for Formula 1 and will still have another go [to change it] in the upcoming discussions with FIA and FOM and other teams because I don't think it really makes sense for anyone.”

Over 700 grid penalties were dished out in 2017, the majority of which were racked up by Renault and Honda powered cars. However, in a move to simplify the rules and avoid similar scenarios to last season, F1 has capped grid drops to 15 places, with anything higher incurring an automatic demotion to the back of the grid. 

F1 will also introduce the controversial Halo cockpit protection device this year, following two years of on-track evaluations. Abiteboul said Renault is currently in the process of determining the best way to incorporate the mandatory system onto the team’s 2018 challenger, which will be unveiled on February 20. 

"We find it heavy and not very nice aesthetically but we have talked about that. The decision is made, it's necessary from a safety perspective and things need to evolve. I guess there will be more attempts to do that in a more refined manner but for the time being we are trying to integrate it in the best way possible."


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Who in their right mind would even think about having to make three engines last a whole season, it just shows what a load of idiots run F1, surely there is someone who could start a rival series where there can be real racing and not a series where it's all about saving engines, fuel and tyres etc. I've almost reached the point where I say enough is enough of all these bullshit rules and regulations not to mention penalties.

These small engines with all the Energy Recovery stuff have been a disaster.
The viewer wants to watch RACING. Now we have the Electric Race Cars for the ECO folk to watch.
As we all know, hybrid cars have a habit of just Stopping on the track anywhere any time
eg LeMans Toyota hour 23 sadly! Thats dangerous !
So lets get back to 6 engines per car per year and an engine thats either turboed or not.

All the 3 engines limit shows is a Complete lack of reality from the new owners.
No engines, no grid girls, NOTHING TO WATCH...... move on

I will be astonished if anyone makes it through the season using no more than their limit. If that is the case it will make a complete fallacy of the intent behind it.

How thick are they that run F1? The time and cost spent trying to get 3 engines to last a season must equal or be more expensive than having 6 identical engines pre prepared and waiting.

When is the first F1 endurance race this year.

Did Renault agree to this?  Were they part of the F1 strategy group that came up with this regulation? If so, stop wringing and get on with it.