Pastor Maldonado and Sebastian Vettel will run the remainder of the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix with new power unit parts, after their respective Lotus and Red Bull Racing teams opted to swap out a number of components on Friday.
Maldonado’s Lotus E22 will run with a new engine, turbo charger, motor generator unit-kinetic and motor generator unit-heat, while Vettel’s Red Bull Racing RB10 has a new control electronic power supply unit.
Maldonado missed the entirety of Friday’s second practice session, after the team was unable to successfully perform the installation and start-up work in time.
“Pastor suffered from a turbo-related problem with his car. This meant we needed to remove the engine and subsequently he was unable to run in the afternoon,” the team’s technical director, Nick Chester, said in a media release issued by the team.
All changes were approved by the FIA and will not attract any grid penalty, given they are each the second of five individual components within the entire power unit that each car is allowed to run – and swap as many times as they like – over the course of the season.
Should a sixth of any one or more of the six individual power unit elements be used for the first time, a ten-place grid penalty will be imposed under Article 28.4a of the FIA’s Formula 1 Sporting Regulations. Subsequent uses of a sixth element will attract a five-place grid penalty for each infraction, while a complete power unit change (irrespective of when this occurs) will see the driver forced to start the race from the pit lane.
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