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GP Week : Issue 223
.com weeK Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) The disastrous 2015 season only got worse for Red Bull in Austria when it confirmed both drivers would take engine penalties. Heading into its home race, at a circuit owned by the team’s parent company, the team announced both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat would take new power units, and therefore would each be handed a ten-placed grid penalty. Not expected to perform strongly at Austria, Red Bull’s decision was made in order to maximise its potential at the British Grand Prix. It will also be hoping the power unit lasts the distance until at least the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix too, since overtaking there is all but impossible. Complicated engine rules allow just four of each engine component, the fifth of which is penalised with a ten-place grid penalty while any subsequent component attracts a five- place penalty. The process then repeats if a sixth of any component is needed. Combined penalties meant Jenson Button received a 25-place penalty in Austria – despite the fact there are just 20 cars on the grid - after Honda deemed it necessary to take an entirely new power unit following practice. Given Button qualified just 17th, his penalty would have seen him start 42nd, so he was forced to serve a stop-go penalty in the race as well. Fernando Alonso was also handed a 25-place penalty; 20 for an engine change and a further five places for a gearbox change ahead of qualifying. With just nine rounds of the championship run, the complicated grid penalties are set to be an unpopular feature for the remainder of the season. MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Mat Coch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Mike Doodson Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly F1 Business: Christian Sylt, Caroline Reid Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Daniel Kalisz, Mirko Stange, Dirk Klynsmith PUBlIShED By Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news the exception becomes the rule