Vettel says power unit penalties 'inevitable'
22 August 2014 – Sebastian Vettel says it is "inevitable" that he will pick up engine penalties during the second half of the 2014 season, following his troubles during the opening day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The current Formula 1 regulations restrict drivers to five power units per season, with penalties handed out if additional ones are used.
Vettel, using his fifth engine, missed Friday afternoon's session at Spa while Red Bull investigated a power unit issue, linked to the ignition.
The German would be hit with a 10-place grid drop if he switched the engine and, although he is hopeful that it can be salvaged, he says grid drops are now unavoidable over the seven remaining race weekends.
"Hopefully the engine is not damaged. That is why we did not run [in FP2], to check it," said Vettel.
"If it is, then we have to get another one out, not necessarily for this weekend but some weekends in the future.
"But we have to pull an extra engine anyway. It is whether we can live on six, or if we have to get another one.
"Anyway, it is inevitable for us to go through the second half of the season with penalties."
Vettel could only complete 11 laps before his technical problems struck in the first session.