Engine component usage is predictably growing as Formula 1 enters its final leg of the season and several front-runners approach the feared limit.
As a reminder, drivers are permitted to use only four of each of the six elements that make up the power unit under current regulations. Any more than that and they start getting some painful grid penalties.
There's a 10-place penalty the first time a fifth element is used. When any of the remaining elements is used, there's another five-place drop imposed. And the first time a sixth element is used, another 10-place grid penalty is applied.
Looking at the where everyone stands before Singapore, beyond McLaren's ridiculous over-consumption, both Mercedes and Ferrari are one ICE failure away from their limit.
Both teams reckon that the odds favour at least one of their drivers suffering a setback before the season runs its course.
The later it happens, the more impact it could have on the championship fight between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Perhaps both contenders will get hit with a grid penalty at the same time? Now that would nicely spice up the title battle!
Power Element Usage
|Red Bull/TAG Heuer|
- ICE: Internal Combustion Engine
- TC: Turbo Charger
- MGU-H: Motor Generator Unit – Heat
- MGU-K: Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic
- ES: Energy Store
- CE: Control Electronics