Seidl: "Tough luck" if F1 teams need to take extra engines

Andreas Seidl sees no reason to change Formula 1’s engine penalty regulations in the event of damage caused by rival teams, agreeing that it is “tough luck”.

Seidl: "Tough luck" if F1 teams need to take extra engines

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both look set to take grid penalties later this year after Honda revealed on Thursday that they had lost their second engines of the year to crash damage.

Verstappen's engine was damaged in his 51G crash at Silverstone after clashing with Lewis Hamilton, while Perez's engine was written off in the multi-car incident on the opening lap in Hungary.

It has left Red Bull frustrated as it braces for grid penalties later in the year despite the damage being no fault of its own.

Verstappen suggested on Thursday that the rules should be tweaked to allow teams to take extra parts without triggering a penalty if a rival was at fault for the incident.

Read Also:

But McLaren F1 boss Seidl said the idea of joker elements had been discussed in the past, only for it to be decided that it would be too difficult to judge what was and was not caused by crash damage.

"We always ended up with the same result, that it's simply difficult to handle and work out what is genuine crash damage and what is not," Seidl said when asked by Motorsport.com if being forced to take extra engines because of crash damage was simply tough luck.

"Therefore, I think from our point of view, we're happy with how the regulations are. It's part of the game that we are in.

"In the end, as you said, it's tough luck."

Seidl's stance matched his feelings on a suggestion by Ferrari that guilty rivals should pay for crash damage now that F1 operates under a strict budget cap for the season.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said that it would make drivers "more responsible" for incidents, but Seidl was unmoved on the topic after expressing his opposition after the race in Hungary.

"The same is valid from my point of view on the budget cap topic," Seidl said. "The noise we're getting, it's coming from the usual protagonists and suspects.

"In the end, I think we had discussions at length when the cost cap was introduced, and never heard any one of these guys talk about the budget cap which is a non-crash budget cap, for example.

"That's simply part of the challenge we are in. We need to calculate with a certain amount of budget when you start the year for either side, for reliability issues or crashes, and then you have to manage that going through the year."

shares
comments

Related video

Mugello in frame to replace Turkey after UK red zone decision

Previous article

Mugello in frame to replace Turkey after UK red zone decision

Next article

Red Bull extends Perez's F1 contract to 2022

Red Bull extends Perez's F1 contract to 2022
Load comments
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Prime

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery Prime

Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi...

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1 Prime

Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Prime

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. Damien Smith brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1.

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Prime

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus Prime

How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Prime

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Prime

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