Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat is set to become the first driver to receive a grid penalty for exceeding the permitted number of components on his engine in 2014.
The Russian driver will be demoted 10 places on the grid for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix after the team requested to use its sixth internal combustion engine on his car, thus exceeding the allocation of five for the entire season.
A report from FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer reads:
“The internal combustion engine used by the above driver is the sixth new internal combustion engine for the 2014 championship season and as this is not in conformity with article 28.4a of the 2014 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”
In line with the new regulations for 2014, the stewards will hand Kvyat a 10-place grid penalty.
However, this could carry over to the next race in Singapore if he is unable to take the entire penalty at Monza this weekend. He must qualify higher than 13th to ensure that he will not be penalized ahead of the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in two weeks’ time.
The new engine regulations are very complex, and this extends to the penalties applicable to those exceeding the limits. Sebastian Vettel said in Belgium that he was expecting to be penalized before the end of the season, and he is unlikely to be the only one, given that many of the drivers are close to or using their fifth component.
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) September 6, 2014