Eight drivers have changed parts of their power unit in the Monaco Grand Prix. Nyck de Vries is also at the club. Will the Dutchman receive a grid penalty?
Throughout the season, the team can replace used parts of the power unit with newer parts, but in Formula 1 there is a limit to keep the cost to a minimum. There are also racing booths that have new parts behind their cars for the street circuit races in Monte Carlo.
Battery, MGU-K and exhaust
Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo and Kevin Magnussen’s Haas have received the new MGU-K. Four of these can be used for the season and two Northern Europeans are now second. The two Alpines of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon both get new batteries as well as new ones control electricity. Two of each can be used and the French are now both second. Eight exhaust systems can be used seasonally. As of this weekend, Lando Norris is in his fifth place and Logan Sargeant is in his fourth place. De Vries also gets a new exhaust system. It is his third of 2023 and therefore the AlphaTauri driver will not receive a grid penalty.
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In addition to the seven drivers above, we also have Zhou Guanyu. The Chinese driver replaces a surprising number of parts. There will be a new turbo, a new MGU-H, a new MGU-K and a new exhaust system at the back of his Alfa Romeo C43. It’s his second turbo this season, MGU-H and MGU-K and it’s also his third exhaust system. So it remains below the limit everywhere. Currently, no grid penalties have yet been issued for the Monaco Grand Prix.