FIA regulations state that teams may have no more than
two cars available for use at any one time. Spare cars are no longer
allowed, though teams may bring additional chassis which can be built up
in the event of a race chassis being damaged beyond repair.
driver switches car between qualifying and the race then he must start
the race from the pit lane. A change of car is not allowed once the race
There are also restrictions on engine and gearbox
use. Each driver may use no more than eight engines during a
championship season. Should a driver use more than eight engines, he
will drop 10 places on the starting grid of the event at which an
additional unit is to be used.
Each driver may use no more than
one gearbox for five consecutive events. Every unscheduled gearbox
change will require the driver to drop five places on the grid at that
meeting. Every subsequent unscheduled gearbox change will require the
driver to drop five places on the grid.
If a driver fails to
finish a race due to reasons beyond his or his team's control, he may
start the next meeting with a different gearbox without incurring a
For 2011 only, each driver gets one penalty-free gearbox
change, with the replacement box only required to complete the
remainder of the event where the change was made, which cannot be the
final event of the season.