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2010 engine usage - who has what left? 05 Nov 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 retires from the lead of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 24 October 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6 engine and exhaust detail.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Preparations, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Thursday, 23 September 2010 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5 retired from the race with a blown engine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010 Ferrari F10 engine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 8 October 2010 A Cosworth engine at the Cosworth Factory in Northampton.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 8 July 2010

If a reminder about the importance of a reliable engine were needed, then Sebastian Vettel’s failure ten laps before the end of the Korean race was it. Watching the smoke billow from the back of Vettel’s Red Bull was a cursory reminder that nothing in Formula One racing is certain and that a car’s reliability is just as important as its pace.

The rules are clear cut, specifying that each driver may use no more than eight engines during a championship campaign. And if a driver uses more than eight? He automatically drops 10 places on the starting grid of the event at which an additional unit is to be used.

As we approach the season finale most drivers are already at the end of their allocation. This means the reliability of their existing V8s will become ever more important over the final two rounds. With Mark Webber opting to run his final fresh engine in Korea, all five title contenders have used up their eight.

But it is not as worrying as it sounds. Used units are routinely brought back into service. Yes, they may have slightly less power and teams are likely to restrict track time during practice, but the recalled V8s are still usable. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has proved that - he used his last new engine at September’s Italian Grand Prix and has been eking out his stock of used, but fully functional, engines over the last three races - two of which he’s won.

Those sitting pretty with an engine in hand are Williams’ Rubens Barrichello, Renault’s Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov and HRT’s Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto.

Engine usage to date:
McLaren Mercedes
1 Jenson Button 8
2 Lewis Hamilton 8

Mercedes GP
3 Michael Schumacher 8
4 Nico Rosberg 8

RBR Renault
5 Sebastian Vettel 8
6 Mark Webber 8

7 Felipe Massa 9
8 Fernando Alonso 8

Williams Cosworth
9 Rubens Barrichello 7
10 Nico Hulkenberg 8

11 Robert Kubica 7
12 Vitaly Petrov 7

Force India Mercedes
14 Adrian Sutil 8
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi 8

STR Ferrari
16 Sebastien Buemi 8
17 Jaime Alguersuari 8

Lotus Cosworth
18 Jarno Trulli 8
19 Heikki Kovalainen 8

HRT Cosworth
20 Sakon Yamamoto 7
21 Bruno Senna 7

BMW Sauber Ferrari
22 Nick Heidfeld (formerly Pedro de la Rosa’s car) 9
23 Kamui Kobayashi 8

Virgin Cosworth
24 Timo Glock 8
25 Lucas Di Grassi 8

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