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Sebastian Vettel: Engine penalties for Red Bull now 'inevitable'


Reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel says incurring penalties this season will be inevitable after another engine problem ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.

The current regulations state that a driver can use up to five power units per season before having to serve grid penalties for using extra ones.

Vettel is currently on his fifth engine, and was forced to miss all of second practice at Spa while his Red Bull team investigated an electrical problem related to the engine and that cut his running short in the morning.

Should Vettel need to use another engine, he will be handed a ten-place grid penalty.

The German is still hopeful that the power unit used today, which was new, can be used again.

"Hopefully the engine is not damaged," said Vettel. "That is why we did not run - to check it.

"If it is, then obviously we have to get another one out - not necessarily for this weekend but some weekends in the future. We have to wait and see."

Vettel admitted, however, that at least one penalty is now inevitable.

"We have to pull an extra engine anyway. It is whether we can live on six - or if we have to get another one," he said.

"It depends on this engine from today. It is inevitable anyway for us to go through the second half of the season with penalties."

Vettel managed 11 laps in the morning on his way to the 11th fastest time of the session.

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