The FIA has announced further changes in the new sporting and technical regulations, released on Friday. From the 2010 season onwards, drivers will be handed a 10-place grid penalty for use of a second extra engine on one weekend, which will be applied for the next Grand Prix.
Following the rule introduced for the 2009 season, each driver is permitted to make use of eight engines over the course of a Grand Prix season, forcing teams to carefully elect which unit should be used for specific races. This limit has not been lifted in spite of the number of races on this year’s calendar rising from 17 to a record-equalling 19!
The FIA has since announced that use of a second additional engine (for example, a using a ninth and tenth powerplant on a single weekend) will result in a grid penalty for the following race as well.
"Each driver may use no more than eight engines during a Championship season," the rewritten rule now states. "Should a driver use more than eight engines he will drop ten places on the starting grid at the first Event during which each additional engine is used.
"If two such additional engines are used during a single Event the driver concerned will drop ten places on the starting grid at that Event and at the following Event."
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