One of the new cost cutting rules introduced for 2009 season is limiting each driver to 8 engines per season only:
28.4 a) Each driver may use no more than eight engines during a Championship season. 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.
With almost half a season over and first summer break upon us this is perhaps a good opportunity to look at how the drivers have been managing their engine allocations so far:
Fernando Alonso, Nelson Piquet, Jarno Trulli, Timo Glock, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima
Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella, Adrian Sutil, Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello
Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastien Buemi
Let’s also check out the engine manufacturers:
1 x BMW
4 x Renault, 4 x Toyota
6 x Mercedes, 2 x Ferrari, 1 x BMW
2 x Ferrari
It does not look too good for Robert Kubica. At this rate it won’t take long for him to start picking up grid penalties for additional engines. At the other end of the table are two Toro Rosso drivers with 3 engines only (thanks to several retirements and less engine mileage probably). Another interesting thing to see is that all four Renault powered cars used 4th engine for the first time in Turkey but chose to run fresh engines for the following race at Silverstone.
I am doing my best to keep the engine stats up to date after each race using the data from the scrutineering reports issued by FIA. If you spot any mistakes in the above please let me know (but blame FIA ). To see the race-by-race table along with other 2009 statistics please check out the 2009 Season page – click here.