Max Verstappen, as well as Charles Leclerc, has already exhausted all the wild cards at his disposal on the power unit side. The Dutchman has used three engines this season, and in all likelihood will have to use a fourth, since it is unthinkable to face the remaining 11 races with the Hungarian engine (which will rise to 12 if the intent to build a season to 23 Grands Prix will be confirmed). And this is a problem: it means a penalty of ten positions on the starting grid on the first use of the fourth unit. As stated by Helmut Marko, however, Verstappen will race in Spa with the third unit, and therefore will not incur any penalties – unless there are breaks in the Belgian weekend.
“Right now, Verstappen and Perez’s engines can no longer be used. In terms of the distance we still have to travel, this means we will probably have to use a fourth engine. Spa is not yet an option to take the penalty. First we want to wait and see until the last moment if there is a chance to repair the damaged engines at Silverstone and the Hungarian Grand Prix.“Said the Red Bull adviser a Motorsport-Magazin. “We have to look at what is the optimal circuit to be able to recover on Sunday, the one in which the penalty may harm us as little as possible. But this also depends on the final calendar: I think the US date is pretty sure, as are the other important Grands Prix. I hope that the calendar will be closed soon, in order to have some more information“.
In short, the key is to understand which race is where you can ‘pay a pledge’ without losing a drain points in the rankings. With many thanks to Mercedes, which between Silverstone and Hungaroring cost Honda two power units, one to Verstappen and the other to Sergio Perez. As if this championship needed controversy.
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