“A car to throw away”. Christian Horner did not mince words in defining the damage suffered by Max Verstappen’s RB16-B # 33 after the impact against the barriers at Copse following the contact between the Dutch driver and Lewis Hamilton. “Let’s talk about a seven-figure sum” added Helmut Marko. According to the newspaper The-Race.com, Red Bull had just obtained a ‘bonus’ of 100 thousand dollars for the withdrawal of Sergio Perez during the Sprint Qualification, but 24 hours later the ‘account’ has more than tenfold.
Marko does the damage count
In optics budget cap it should not be forgotten that Red Bull with Verstappen had already suffered a rather disastrous accident in Baku at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Over $ 1 million in damage means further jeopardizing compliance with this season’s $ 145 million ceiling. A not insignificant factor can be linked to how much sporting and competitive ‘life’ the components mounted by Max Verstappen’s Red Bull had at the time of the accident. The integrity of the power unit, in particular, will be very important to avoid running into penalties on the starting grid.
Bottas, Mercedes counts the damage: unrepairable power unit
At the Hungaroring in the event of a power unit knockout, Red Bull could also consider mounting the unit used before the French Grand Prix on a circuit where the engine is not that important. The high temperatures, however, could put an engine that has already sustained a high mileage in great difficulty. In addition to seeing virtually all the advantage canceled in both rankings, at home Red Bull they will also have to do make ends meet, the same situation experienced by Mercedes at Imola when George Russell and Valtteri Bottas came into contact at high speed with the heavily damaged Mercedes W12 # 77.