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2015-07-03 09:08

ENGINE PENALTIES: Red Bull drivers Daniil Kyvat (left) and Daniel Ricciardo started the 2015 Austrian GP at the rear of the grid. Kyvat calls F1's engine rules 'ridiculous'. Image: AFP / Mark Thompson

SILVERSTONE, England - Red Bull driver Danniil Kvyat has compared Formula 1's penalties for engine replacement to forcing a sprinter to run an extra 50m in a 100m race.

He felt the current system, widely criticised by F1 teams, was ridiculous and unfair and should be revised for the 2016 season.

Kvyat and team mate Daniel Ricciardo have each used more than their permitted four Renault power units and are suffering severe penalties similar to those that saw both McLaren-Hondas start the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix  from the back of the grid, after each was given a 25-place penalty.

'BIT RIDICULOUS'

Kvyat said: "I always found this rule a bit ridiculous, to be honest. I think F1, first of all, is a sport and I don't know in any other sport where you get an injury and you have to start even further back.

"Let's say a sprinter gets an injury and then, in the 100m sprint, you have to start 50m further back. I don't think that would be fair. The rules are what they are and I hope they will realise that it's not right and will correct this in 2016."

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