shail69 wrote:interesting change. I could see some driver using the same engine for 4 or 5 races and then saving one for engine tracks like monza and spa.... maybe ..
There are 17 races in the calender, which means 17 Fridays and 17 Race Weekends. Teams may want to allocate for just two or three engine for Friday sessions considering those engines won't be heavily used as in 2008, which will allow them to use more "joker" engines for race weekends. For instance, 6 engine per 17 race weekends (Saturday + Sunday) means each engine must still be used for 3 race weekends, not necessarily being consecutive. If teams opt to do some testing in Fridays in lieu of banned in-season testing, then they will comprimise the engine life which will have to last more races than that of the first one. At the end of the day, it is all about comprimising.
One more thing, I think parc ferme condition becomes void and null as teams will be able to change it whenever they want so
. Thus a driver, after qualification, may want to use his brand new engine for the race. So, modified engines for the sole purpose of qualification may return to the show. Am I right?