marmer wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:48 pm
1. each engine must do 5 races without swapping out for another motor. like the gear box rule.
teams could use any motor they like in practice sessions on Friday so that number of laps are not reduced. p3 must use race engine. if the team has to use a new unit before race five they must take a 5 place grid drop per component. keeping the engine in the car until the end of the original 5 races. At the end of the 5 races it would be retired from racing keeping teams on the same plane. this would stop teams piling up grid pens by swapping them out before failure all for them to be used at the end of the season and fail. this is better than the current system which basically means a bad start ruins your whole year. while you would still be punished for poor reliability it would be early and steady unlike the current system that means once you have used your engines you get pens every new part afterwards destroying the end of season for some teams...
Well if nobody else is going to address the OP... I think that if we accept that there is going to be some form of engine reliability penalty system in F1, that Marmer's suggestion that an engine must be used for n consecutive races (like gearboxes) rather than allowing teams to defer a penalty is to be commended for both the reasons he states above. Certainly any proposal that stops the 'gaming' of engine penalties and stock piling of components is worth considering.
This is a bit OT but what benefits to the sport do we get from requiring that an engine or gearbox can complete multiple races? It's hard to find anyone who believes it is a cost saving measure as the components are tested to destruction on the rigs, many times over to collect data on failure rates. Did the governing body present any other justification for this reliability drive?
I recently read the World Engine proposal would require a durable power unit to allow it to be used in different racing series from WEC to F1, as racing formats vary greatly on the length and duration of the race. However I would think that you could achieve this by turning the engine down for endurance events. Then we could allow F1 to run the engine much harder as it would only have to last one race distance (plus qualification). This doesn't make reliability any less important as the engine still has to complete the race under a more stressful regime. Everyone's happy!