The 2022 season has only just got underway, but some drivers are already finding themselves with reliability problems and being forced to change their power units.
Let’s take a look at what engine parts each driver has to play with and how many they’ve used so far.
HOW MANY ENGINES DO THEY HAVE?
Across a season, each driver has a pool of power unit (PU) parts available. This allows them to use three internal combustion engines (ICE), motor generator units-heat (MGU-H), motor generator units-kinetic (MGU-K) and turbochargers (TC), alongside two batteries (ES) and control electronics (CE).
Additionally, they have eight exhaust systems (EX) available per car.
If they go beyond an element’s limit, they’ll be issued with a grid penalty, dropping ten places for the first time they exceed the limit for one part and then a further five places for each additional one they take of the same part.
To stop teams taking a load of extra parts in one go, only the last element fitted can be used in future races without a penalty. Lastly, the parts available follows the car, not the driver, so if a reserve driver has to stand-in, their pool isn’t reset.
This article will be updated throughout the 2022 season, so be sure to keep an eye out to see who’s running the risk of a grid penalty