Austrian GP: McLaren's Boullier says engine penalties sad for F1

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier believes Formula 1's current engine penalty rules are "sad" and he has called for a rethink on the system

Austrian GP: McLaren's Boullier says engine penalties sad for F1

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will both start at the back of the Austrian Grand Prix grid after taking 25-place engine penalties this weekend for changes to various parts of their Honda-powered car's power units.

Boullier believes F1's decision makers were too optimistic when putting together the engine penalty regulations ahead of the 2014 season.

"Today we have to respect the rules, but I find it sad for Formula 1 to have two world champions like Jenson and Fernando sitting at the back of the grid," said Boullier.

"It's the same for everybody - we have to take the penalties as everybody should take them.

"When you see other engine manufacturers struggling after three years of development, I think we should have - as a Formula 1 community - a rethink at this stage.

"Because obviously it is a bit too harsh, maybe too ambitious, to turn up with this technology and be reliable."

Boullier also dismissed claims McLaren's progress has stopped since it scored its first points of the season in Monaco.

"We are doing progress - if we went back to Australia, China, Bahrain, we would be better," he added.

"Different track layouts are suiting us or making it worse, and we know Canada and here [Austria] is not suiting our car.

TECH ANALYSIS: Fraught first day for McLaren's upgrades

"There are some weaknesses that are higher at some tracks, and sometimes when you find a couple of tenths it is not enough to gain a position.

"We are not worried. We are pushing as hard as we can to make sure we can make our concept work.

"We can see, we can simulate, we can already measure a lot of potential coming out.

"But we have to be extreme [to catch Mercedes] and this is the right time to do it, so there is nothing to worry about."

ECCLESTONE ECHOES PENALTY CONCERNS

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone agreed that the engine penalty rules were among several regulations in danger of alienating fans.

"I think we need to have a very, very good look at all our sporting regulations," he said.

"Don't go over the white line, don't do this, don't do that, if you change your engine you go back 20 places...

"It's not what the public understand. They don't understand and when they do understand they don't care about, basically."

shares
comments
Austrian GP: Qualifying hydraulic leak cost Grosjean top five shot

Previous article

Austrian GP: Qualifying hydraulic leak cost Grosjean top five shot

Next article

Austrian GP: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says brakes caused Q2 exit

Austrian GP: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says brakes caused Q2 exit
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021