Horner Reveals Just How Close Verstappen Came To Engine Failure In Hungary – WTF1

Horner Reveals Just How Close Verstappen Came To Engine Failure In Hungary

We’ve seen some uncharacteristic reliability problems up and down the grid this season, and this weekend was no exception. During qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, current championship leader Max Verstappen radioed to his team that he was having issues and reported little to no power.

In the end, the problem meant Max could only qualify P10; however, he still managed to storm to victory the following day.

Red Bull decided to take new power units for both Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez while the fellow Red Bull-powered AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly also changed as a precaution ahead of Sunday’s race, and now we can see why 😱

“We changed the powerunit because there’s a component that broke in Max’s car [on Saturday],” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told media, including The Race, after Max’s victory yesterday.

“Thankfully, we’re sitting here now, with 20/20 hindsight, it’s grateful that it did break yesterday because another 12 kilometres [and] it would have broken on the way to the grid.

“So we elected to change the whole power unit rather than try and repair it in the field. And as a precaution, we also changed Checo’s.”

Horner also confirmed that both the engines are still reusable.

It sounded like a very close call for Verstappen 😳

8 thoughts on “Horner Reveals Just How Close Verstappen Came To Engine Failure In Hungary

  • Kenny Phillips says:

    I wonder how much they are allowed to do with an existing engine with a broken part; can they replace a connecting rod, or a valve? I don’t believe so. So something higher level, and outside of the engine cases, is more likely.

    • Louis Castro says:

      They just recently changed the rule and you can change alot more than you used to be able to allowed to. Sounds like they can fix the issue. You used to not be able to open up the PU at all.

    • they can use the components from one engine in another engine.

      so if the con rod is the issue in engine 1, but a valve is the issue in engine 2, they could pull the valve from engine 1 and toss it in engine 2 and be good to go.

      at least, that’s how I understand the rules being updated to help save money.

  • ฬ๏ยtєг says:

    I wonder if there will be teams to bring an upgraded version of the control electronics, the energy store or the MGU-K in Belgium as that is the last weekend where upgrades are allowed to those components until 2026. We might see a slew of penalties in Spa, especially since overtaking is not too difficult there.

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