Engine component usage is predictably growing as Formula 1 enters its final leg of the season and several front-runners approach the feared limit.
As a reminder, drivers are permitted to use only four of each of the six elements that make up the power unit under current regulations. Any more than that and they start getting some painful grid penalties.
There’s a 10-place penalty the first time a fifth element is used. When any of the remaining elements is used, there’s another five-place drop imposed. And the first time a sixth element is used, another 10-place grid penalty is applied.
Looking at the where everyone stands before Singapore, beyond McLaren’s ridiculous over-consumption, both Mercedes and Ferrari are one ICE failure away from their limit.