BUDAPEST, Hungary — Purple Bull has fitted a brand new energy unit to Max Verstappen’s automobile after engine provider Honda detected a possible problem it believes is linked to Verstappen’s high-speed crash on the British Grand Prix.
The brand new energy unit, which is similar specification because the outdated one, shall be Verstappen’s third Honda engine of the 12 months. The principles enable every driver to make use of three engines over the course of the 12 months earlier than incurring grid penalties for putting in additional parts.
In consequence, Verstappen will nonetheless begin from third place on the grid at Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, however the unscheduled energy unit change means he’ll possible incur a penalty later within the season if the broken engine can’t be used once more.
“Throughout post-qualifying checks we observed one thing on Max’s PU which could have developed over the course of the weekend, more likely to be an after-effect of the Silverstone crash,” a Honda assertion stated. “We’ve subsequently modified it for a brand new PU of the identical specification. In accordance with the laws, Max is allowed to start out from his third place on the grid with no penalty incurred.”
Verstappen’s automobile was wrecked at Silverstone two weeks in the past after he tangled with title rival Lewis Hamilton and crashed out of the British Grand Prix. Remarkably, Honda’s preliminary checks recommended the engine was nonetheless working as regular and he used the identical energy unit in qualifying on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, a bodily inspection of the ability unit on Saturday night led to issues a couple of structural a part of the engine and Honda opted to exchange it so it may perform additional checks on the broken engine at its manufacturing unit in Japan.
After the accident at Silverstone, Purple Bull group principal Christian Horner estimated the price of the injury would are available at $1.8 million in complete, whereas Verstappen noticed his championship lead slashed from 33 factors to eight.