Sports News Update: Formula 1 has relaxed restrictions on engine usage for 2020 meaning drivers could suffer fewer grid penalties. Drivers will next year be able to use three MGU-Ks – a part of the hybrid system – one more than in 2019.
The move brings the MGU-K into line with the other parts of the power-unit in terms of permitted usage. F1’s complex, high-tech turbo-hybrid power-units are officially split into four parts for the purposes of the rules.
In addition to the MGU-K, which recovers energy from the rear axle and redeploys all hybrid-generated electrical energy to the rear wheels, the other three are the internal combustion engine, the turbo and the MGU-H, the part of the hybrid system that recovers energy from the turbo.
In 2020, drivers will be permitted to use three of each part during the season before becoming subject to grid penalties. In addition, the engines require an electronics control box and a battery, with two of each being permitted for a season.
The change was confirmed in the 2020 rules, which were officially published on 4 December, after a meeting of the FIA World Council, motorsport’s legislative body.