“We probably won’t know that before the Hungarian Grand Prix”– Honda is unsure whether Red bull requires a new engine or not.
Max Verstappen’s 51G crash in Silverstone gave a considerably costly blow to Red Bull, and there is possible damage to the power unit too that may require a change.
However, honda is not sure, whether Verstappen can still use the same engine, or would he require an absolutely new engine for the next race in Hungary.
“We probably won’t know that before the Hungarian Grand Prix,” a spokesperson told RacingNews365 ahead of the Grand Prix weekend in Budapest.
“The tricky part about whether an engine is still good enough to race or whether it is only kept for Fridays is that with all the technical limitations you are limited in what you can research before an engine is actually started again.”
The new engine would complete the three engine per year cap for a driver, and later in the season with 13 races more to go, Red Bull would be requiring a new engine, meaning at the fourth engine’s introduction, they will have to take a grid penalty.
Or to avoid it, they can also opt to re-use the first engine, but considering the title is at the stake, Red Bull would prefer to have the new power unit to make the most out of the situation and then get a grid penalty.
Red Bull needs the win
After the Hungarian Grand Prix, F1 would be on a three-week-long break, and it is important for Red Bull to regain their command over the title race.
After Verstappen’s crash and Sergio Perez’s pitlane start, it was Mercedes’ race to lose, and the Brackley based team made sure to not put a step wrong, and now remains marginally distant away from Red Bull in the title race.