The Honda power unit mounted on Max Verstappen’s Red Bulla RB16B crashed two weeks ago at Silverstone is safe. The indiscretion comes from the Hungaroring pits, where engine number 2 has arrived and is available to the Red Bull team. The unit will probably be used on Friday in the first free practice session of the Hungarian GP for a final check on the track.
After the crash in the British Grand Prix, the complete power unit was shipped to Japan for a full analysis in Sakura’s Honda research center. There was no great optimism among the Japanese technicians after the 51G recovered in the impact at the Copse, but the verdict of the engineers was positive.
The power unit has thus returned to Europe and will be available to Verstappen next weekend.
Hungaroring is one of the tracks on which the engine variable is less significant and since the limit of three engines per driver per championship has been the subject of rotations, an opportunity that was used by the teams to mount the first power unit in the car. seasonal.
This possibility remains Red Bull’s plan B should unexpected problems arise during Friday practice. The opportunity to use power units with higher mileage without major repercussions on performance will also be used by other teams in order not to tire the number 2 engine too much in view of the Spa stages.