Ilott helped by European F3's new lighter penalties after fire

British teenager Callum Ilott has become the first to benefit from the Formula 3 European Championship's softer engine-change grid penalties for 2016

Ilott helped by European F3's new lighter penalties after fire

Ilott has been forced into a spare chassis for the opening round at Paul Ricard after his intended Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Mercedes caught fire during Thursday's test day.

The 17-year-old had just done a race run during the afternoon session when he tried a practice start. The fire originated in the heat shield, and Ilott brought the car to a halt on the track.

Scrutineers ruled that for safety reasons the car should be checked by Dallara before it is used again, so VAR was grateful to British team T-Sport, which loaned the Dutch squad its spare chassis.

Before 2016, any engine change caused other than by accident damage precipitated three 10-place grid penalties, but new sporting regulations mean that a failure that does not constitute a routine engine change will only merit one 10-place penalty.

After building up a new car around the tub, VAR was able to get Ilott back on track during the closing stages of Friday's first free practice session.

The team's Rob Niessink said: "I'm really proud of what the boys have achieved, and thank God we have a lot of spares ourselves."

Ilott only qualified 18th for the first race anyway, after losing time on the final lap of the drying session, so drops just three places on the 21-car grid.

But under the old regulations it would have cost him seventh and fourth on the grid for races two and three.

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