The weeks leading up to the Hungarian Grand Prix were marked by discussions surrounding Red Bull’s request for a review of the penalty imposed on Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone, and Honda’s attempt to recover power unit mounted on the car of Max Verstappen. The analyzes had given positive results, enough to equip the Dutchman’s RB16B with the same engine as the Great Britain, both in free practice and in qualifying in Budapest. The sigh of relief of the Red Bull men was however muted in half by the news arrived on Sunday morning of the discovery of cracks in the system that connects the engine to the transmission unit, a circumstance that prompted Honda to replace the thruster. A new power unit – of the same specification as the previous one – was therefore mounted on Verstappen’s car, the third season, limit number before incurring a penalty.
Considering he is in the eleventh of 23 world championship stages in the program, this is definitely not a good news for the Dutch driver, who is fully involved in the world struggle. Helmut Marko he seemed resigned to a future retreat on the grid of his leading bishop: “The engine was no longer usable and we will have to carry out further investigations to see if it can be saved. At the moment we must assume that we will have to mount a fourth power unit, which will mean having a penalty on the grid. All because of the Silverstone accident“, The director of the Anglo-Austrian team concluded with bitterness.