Engine penalty system adjusted for 2018
7 December 2017 – Formula 1's engine penalty system has been adjusted for the 2018 season, in a bid to simplify the process for spectators.
Under Formula 1 regulations, drivers receive either five- or 10-place grid penalties when they take on new engine components, the allocation of which has been reduced for 2018.
Drivers will be permitted three Internal Combustion Engines, MGU-Hs and Turbochargers, and two Energy Stores, MGU-Ks and Control Electronics for the 21-race schedule.
The grid penalty system received criticism at points in 2017 when several drivers were issued with an array of sanctions which could not be served, leading to confusion over the composition of the grid.
At the Italian Grand Prix, nine drivers received penalties, seven of which were engine related, with four of them larger than the size of the grid itself.
Under revised regulations, as soon as a driver sustains a 15-place drop, equivalent to taking on two new components, they will be sent to the back of the grid.
Should more than one driver receive such a penalty, they "will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order in which the offences were committed".
Several other tweaks have been made to the Sporting and Technical Regulations for 2018, as outlined below:
- Regulations relating to procedures for starting or resuming a race behind the Safety Car
- Changing the event timetable to increase flexibility
- Ensuring that testing of previous cars may only take place on tracks currently holding an FIA Grade 1 or 1T licence
- Provision for demonstration events in previous cars which does not constitute testing. No such demonstrations may exceed 50km in length and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier may be used
- Changes to ensure that oil cannot be used as fuel
- Introduction of a detailed specification for oil
- A minimum weight and volume for energy storage (batteries)
- Changes to position of cameras and wing mirrors to accommodate the halo