Red Bull has seen its advantage built during the first part of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship go to zero in just 2 races, even if it hadn’t been sand between their fingers. First the weekend of Silverstone, in which the duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton had its first, real climax with the clash at the Copse. Then the strike triggered by Bottas’ braking error at the first corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix, with which the Finn literally eliminated both Max and Sergio Perez’s Red Bull RB16Bs.
But, in addition to the huge damage, there is also insult. Max Verstappen mounted the third and last engine at his disposal this season yesterday morning. At Spa, however, it will be Sergio Perez’s turn. The Mexican will be forced to use the third thermal engine unit for what happened yesterday in the contact that took him out of the race after a few hundred meters from the start.
Perez, as he was about to tackle the first corner of the Hungaroring, a right-handed, saw Bottas’ Mercedes W12 arrive on the right side. This one, a few moments before, had hit Lando Norris’ McLaren MCL35M, sending it against Red Bull number 33, that of Max Verstappen.
The Mexican, after the violent collision, tried to continue the race, but had to park his car a few corners later due to the damaged engine. At the end of the race Sergio did not talk about the problems accused by his car, but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner did in his place.
“He lost all the water immediately. We will have to investigate in more detail, but the first reports say the engine will be difficult to use in the future.”
Perez will almost certainly be forced to mount the third engine once the world champion Circus has finished off the summer break. Red Bull will have Verstappen and Perez in the same situation: both will race in Spa-Francorchamps with the third engine and both will not be able to rely on one of the two previously used power units due to accidents. For this reason, a real alarm has sounded in Milton Keynes in view of the second half of the season.
“I think there is very little chance, I’m afraid, of doing the whole season with just three engines per rider. And this is enormously frustrating for Honda, because they are not problems related to reliability, but due to accidents that we did not cause. So. Honda is feeling the weight of this, as we are feeling it from the point of view of the chassis, due to all the damage that has been remedied. “
“I think we couldn’t do anything at the first corner. That’s the brutality of racing, isn’t it? I think, unfortunately, Valtteri got off to a bad start. He missed the braking point and did a great job for Mercedes in throwing out. both of our cars. We had a significant amount of damage. The accident cost us another engine with Sergio and Max’s race was hugely compromised, “concluded the Red Bull team principal.