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Honda to review Verstappen's engine in FP1

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29/07/2021

Honda will use the opening practice session on Friday to review the engine used by Max Verstappen at Silverstone.

In the aftermath of the controversial clash with Lewis Hamilton, the power unit was returned to Japan, and although it has been passed as fit for purpose the Japanese manufacturer has opted to test it during opening practice at the Hungaroring on Friday.

"The PU was sent back to Sakura for thorough checks," said the Japanese manufacturer. "We replaced certain parts, as allowed in the regulations, without breaking the FIA seals.

"We will use the engine this Friday to give it a proper track test, after which we should have a clearer picture of its viability as a race engine."

Other than the fact that new power unit elements could mean potential grid penalties later in the season, having revealed that the Silverstone clash cost an estimated £1.3m, Red Bull will be concerned that a replacement engine would cut even further into its budget at a time of a cost cap.

This season teams are allowed 3 internal combustion engines, 3 MGU-Hs, 3 MGU-Ks and 3 turbochargers, in addition to 2 energy stores and 2 control electronics.

Currently, Verstappen is on his second internal combustion engine, MGU-H, MGU-K and turbocharger, while he is still on gis first energy store and control electronics.

Check out our Thursday gallery from the Hungaroring, here.

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1. Posted by ChickenFarmerF1, 29/07/2021 16:59

"@Motorsport-fan and Max Nobel - this is why, under a cost cap, teams need to have a line item in their budget for crash damage. I mean, seriously, this is car racing. Crashes happen. In at least some circles there's even the saying that a driver that never crashes isn't trying hard enough. Which is mostly BS, but very few drivers will get through a season without at least 1 crash that causes significant damage (whether in testing, practice, qualifying or the race). If that crash with Hamilton really did cost $1.8mil they should have at least twice that much in the budget for each driver. Otherwise they're using what at my employer the rank and file euphemistically call "success based planning". Which is always doomed to failure."

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2. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 29/07/2021 13:24

"@Max Noble Perhaps no spill over budget required if its all lost in the accounting world.

I see Red Bull have new evidence against Lewis, not all over yet."

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3. Posted by kenji, 29/07/2021 10:46

"@ Max Noble....$1,8 million!!! Would love to see an itemised invoice for that lot......"

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4. Posted by Max Noble, 29/07/2021 10:13

"@Motorsport-fan: (…so we meet again…) Quite. I find it odd the FIA are not allowing a spill-over budget for crash damage. If you are punted off the track by someone else (say Sir Lewis), and it costs you $1.8M to repair the car park dents (hello Red Bull) - you now blow your cost cap due to external forces… How does that work? Poor rule formation in my opinion…"

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5. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 29/07/2021 9:39

"Are there no clauses to cover crash damage regarding replacement items and grid penalties? "

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