Carlos Sainz Jnr, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2018

Sainz and Vandoorne to take power unit grid penalties

2018 Belgian Grand Prix

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Carlos Sainz Jnr and Stoffel Vandoorne will take power unit penalties after fitting new power units ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

The two Renault-powered drivers had qualified 14th and 18th for today’s race. They will now be moved to the back of the grid.

Sainz’s team mate Nico Hulkenberg had already had the same penalty after changing his power unit ahead of qualifying.

2018 power unit component use

28Toro RossoHondaBrendon Hartley655533
10Toro RossoHondaPierre Gasly555433
27RenaultRenaultNico Hulkenberg444333
77MercedesMercedesValtteri Bottas444333
7FerrariFerrariKimi Raikkonen342222
3Red BullTAG HeuerDaniel Ricciardo333333
14McLarenRenaultFernando Alonso333322
8HaasFerrariRomain Grosjean333222
20HaasFerrariKevin Magnussen333222
9SauberFerrariMarcus Ericsson333222
31SauberFerrariCharles Leclerc333222
55RenaultRenaultCarlos Sainz Jnr333222
5FerrariFerrariSebastian Vettel333222
2McLarenRenaultStoffel Vandoorne333222
44MercedesMercedesLewis Hamilton333222
11Force IndiaMercedesSergio Perez333222
31Force IndiaMercedesEsteban Ocon333222
18WilliamsMercedesLance Stroll333222
35WilliamsMercedesSergey Sitorkin333222
33Red BullTAG HeuerMax Verstappen232322

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine • TC: Turbocharger • MGU-K: Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic • MGU-H: Moto Generator Unit: Heat • ES: Energy Store • CE: Control Electronics

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5 comments on “Sainz and Vandoorne to take power unit grid penalties”

  1. Could never have though that Max has used the fewest components by anyone.

    1. Many of his early season DNF’s were accidents, not technical, and I think some of the later failures weren’t the engine or they were able to revive it (ie. sensor/software fault that shut the thing down).

  2. Unsurprising given their provisional starting positions.

  3. For those puzzled by the acronyms, see

    The power unit is deemed to consist of six separate elements: the internal combustion engine (ICE), the motor generator unit-kinetic (MGU-K), the motor generator unit-heat (MGU-H), the energy store (ES), turbocharger (TC) and control electronics (CE).

    Each driver is permitted to use only three ICE, MGU-H and TC, and only two ES, CE and MGU-K during a championship season and any combination of them may be fitted to a car at any one time. Should a driver use more than that during the course of a season, a grid penalty will be imposed.

  4. I don’t think Kimi has taken a fourth Turbocharger, at least I don’t remember him getting a grid drop for doing so?

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