CHT wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 22, 2023 7:16 pm
organic wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 22, 2023 1:17 pm
CHT wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 22, 2023 1:07 pm
Gasly engine has lasted 14 races?
Taking your 4th set of components doesn't mean the first, second, third sets are toast already. They rotate them around to manage wear & optimize. Oldest/weakest engines used for FPs, strongest engines used for power sensitive tracks (eg Monza). Seems that teams tend to use old engines at the high altitude tracks as well
I am aware they can reuse the earlier engine for later races, but Gasly case (unless there is some mistake in the chart) his 4th engine has already done 14 races. Perhaps engine no. 3 was smoked after Barcelona? If he can do 15 races with engine 4, that will be amazing.
The point is that just because they introduced 4th engine 14 races ago, it doesn't mean that they have run all 14 races on it. They could have easily rotated it with engine #1 #2 and #3.
One of the benefits of introducing all engines early is that if you have to start from the back or from the box for whatever reason, then you can basically add 1 fresh engine to the pool for free.
Earlier this was not a very good tactics as teams waited for their engine upgrades before introducing new units. But now that developments are frozen, there is basically no real drawbacks of introducing an engine earlier than it really needed.