Vettel engine undamaged in Singapore crash

Sebastian Vettel’s stricken Ferrari in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel’s Singapore engine was not damaged in the first-lap crash, Ferrari has found.

Vettel tangled with Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the race, causing sidepod and cooler damage.

The German’s race was finally brought to an end on the next straight when he spun on his own fluids and hit the wall.

Ferrari examined the engine, which is the third of Vettel’s allocation, at Maranello and believes that it can be used again during the final six races of the season.

The news is significant as it reduces the chances of Vettel having to take a grid penalty later in the season for engine component changes.

Vettel and Raikkonen have so far used three internal combustion engines, MGU-Hs, MGU-Ks, energy stores and control electronics and four turbochargers.

A further change of the turbocharger would spark a 10-place grid penalty as it would exceed their respective allocations.

It is believed Ferrari is hoping to introduce its next specification of engine at the upcoming Malaysian GP (September 29-October 1), meaning Vettel and Raikkonen will move onto the fourth and final unit of their allocation.

With a new oil burn limit of 0.9 litres per 100km coming into force from the Italian GP onwards, Ferrari will need to run at the lower limit when it introduces its new unit.

As Mercedes introduced its new engine in Belgium, one race before Italy, it is allowed to keep burning 1.2 litres of oil per 100km should it wish to do so.

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