“Valtteri did a great job”– Christian Horner wants more out of the penalty given to Valtteri Bottas for Spa after the carnage in Hungary.
Valtteri Bottas gave massive chaos at turn 1 of the very first lap of the race in Hungary, and it severely damaged both Red Bull cars; Sergio Perez had to immediately leave the race, while Max Verstappen continued but lost a huge amount of pace.
In return, Bottas received a five grid position penalty for the race in Spa at the end of this month, but for Christian Horner, this penalty is pointless and incomplete.
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“Great strategy from Mercedes,” Horner told Auto Bild. “Valtteri did a great job for them by knocking out both of our cars. Valtteri gets the penalty for the next race, but he makes up for that in two laps at Spa,” he said. “It’s not a real punishment.”
Cost and new PU concerns
Horner has a new bill to deal with after the crash, as Verstappen’s crash in Silverstone cost Red Bull around $1.8 million, and now Perez’s car also would need an expensive repair.
“It [the grid penalty] doesn’t repair the damage he did to us,” Horner continued, “especially when you look at the budget cap. The effects are immense, the costs are brutal.”
He also talked about Perez need to have a new power unit for Belgium, as the crash has severely damaged his previous engine, which is now nearing both the Red Bull drivers close to a grid penalty for it.
🚨 | Helmut Marko has told Servus TV that Verstappen is also at risk of a grid penalty, and the team “will investigate whether it [the engine] can be saved”. pic.twitter.com/Xm3dkW7vgZ
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“The first impressions indicate that Perez’s engine is no longer operational either,” Horner said. “It’s very frustrating, also for Honda, because it doesn’t come from reliability, but from accidents that we did not cause.”