Vettel concedes engine penalties inevitable

By on Friday, August 22, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he will face grid penalties during the second half of the season after suffering from another dismal day in his title defence.

Vettel suffered from a burnt exhaust during the first session and he was forced to miss the second session at Spa Francorchamps as Red Bull evaluated the damage to his RB10.

Drivers are only permitted to use five of each of the six parts to the Power Unit across the duration of the campaign, but Vettel's problems so far this year means that Vettel is already onto a fifth MGU-K.

If a driver uses a sixth version of one part, then they face a 10 place grid drop.

"We'll have to pull an extra engine anyway, whether we can live on six or get another one it depends on this engine today," said the reigning champion.

"It's inevitable for us anyway for us that we can't go through the second part of the season without a penalty.

"This was a new engine, so hopefully it is not damaged. That's why we didn't run - to check it properly.

"If it is obviously we need to get another one out, maybe not for this weekend but for some weekends in the future. We'll just have to wait and see. We didn't have any choice. It was already clear before today how many we need, the question is how many we will need."

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