Ferrari’s plan to avoid engine penalties.

Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s Chief Technical Officer is confident that Vettel and Räikkönen can avoid the engine penalties this season even after using their full allocation of Turbochargers this season.

According to the Formula 1 regulations, drivers can use four versions of the six components that form the power unit, Turbochargers being one of them.

If the fifth version of any of the components are used, the driver will get a 10 place grid penalty and more sanctions follow if any other parts are used.

Both the Ferrari drivers are using their fourth Turbocharger and have nine rounds remaining. In spite of this, Binotto is confident that the rotation approach used by Ferrari will mean the fifth version will not be required.

“Certainly it is somehow a concern in the fact that we had failure on the turbo at the start of the season and we have to replace them at the very start,” Binotto said.

“And [therefore] you introduce very early in the season turbo number three and turbo number four.

“Having said that, we introduce as well in the following turbos some modifications for reliability.

“They are running well at the moment, so we’ve got all the pool at the moment that have been introduced but we’ve got all the mileage available on each turbo.

“So we are rotating them and, obviously it’s our objective to conclude the season with the current pool of turbos.”

Talking about the title war with Mercedes, Binotto said: “There have been races at the start of the season where we have been competitive and others where Mercedes has been competitive.

“If you look, for example, Bahrain very early in the season, they have been very competitive in qualifying, we have been in the race.

“Certainly the development is very important. That has to be done race by race.”

Mercedes tops the Constructors’ Championship standing with a gap of 39 points from Ferrari which holds the second position.

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