It would have been a busy night in the Red Bull garage, as not one but BOTH of their cars have taken new power units in the lead-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix.
It’s fair to say that the team had a far from ideal qualifying session yesterday, with Max Verstappen making a mistake on his first Q3 run and then going on to experience an issue with his car in which he radioed he had “no power”.
The reigning world champ could only manage tenth with the issue.
His teammate, Sergio Perez, will start a position lower than him in 11th. He couldn’t even make it through to the final top ten shootout, which has left many seriously unimpressed, including Red Bull’s Helmut Marko.
Verstappen will receive a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and an MGU-K for the race, as does his teammate and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
For both the Red Bull boys, no grid penalty will come as a result of these new parts as they’re still under the allocated amount for the season.
However, for Pierre, he could be forced to start from the back of the grid or the pitlane as new engine parts for him means he has exceeded the allocation teams are given for engine changes in a year, similar to what we’ve seen with Ferrari in recent races.
According to The Race, AlphaTauri made the changes to Gasly’s car without even getting prior approval from the FIA’s Technical Delegate, which sounds like they could be in trouble!
Do you agree with the FIA having allocated amounts of engine parts?