Binotto calls for engine penalty rule re-think

Mattia Binotto has called on Formula 1 to consider a change to the sport’s long-life engine rules. After Monza, where the grid order was once again shaken up by a spate of grid penalties for engine component changes, Alpine driver Esteban Ocon called for a re-think. “Obviously no manufacturer is able to provide engines that can withstand so many races,” said the Frenchman. “I think the rules for next season need to be revised to slightly increase the number of power unit elements that we can use,” said Ocon. I think not only how we decide the grid position based on the penalties, but the amount of penalties we’ve got is too many as well.”. “If there were no grid penalties, we would have qualifying engines and not just five but 20,” he is quoted by Italy’s Autosprint.

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