Honda revealed on Thursday that Verstappen’s second engine of the 12 months may now not be used as a result of harm sustained within the crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.
It means the Pink Bull driver appears to be like sure to take a grid drop at one of many remaining races this 12 months after already transferring onto his third and ultimate engine of the season in Hungary. A brand new engine would lead to a 10-place grid penalty.
Any penalty could be significantly expensive for Verstappen, who trails Mercedes rival Hamilton by simply eight factors on the high of the drivers’ championship.
Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, faces the same state of affairs after Honda discovered his engine was additionally broken past restore because of the Flip 1 crash in Hungary earlier than the summer time break.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, collides with Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, and Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB16B, in the beginning
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Staff boss Christian Horner expressed his frustration over the state of affairs in Hungary, mentioning how the engines had been misplaced by way of no fault of Pink Bull or Honda.
Talking to Dutch media forward of the Belgian Grand Prix, Verstappen stated the penalty system was one thing he thought F1 would “want to take a look at sooner or later”, believing it was unfair that drivers misplaced engines due to crashes they didn’t trigger.
“If somebody crashes into you, and also you undergo harm from that and it’s essential to take an additional engine due to the rules, I do not suppose that is the way it needs to be,” Verstappen stated.
“There needs to be a bit extra leeway there. You possibly can additionally do it like if there may be harm attributable to another person, you might be allowed to take new components.
“That is one thing we, but in addition Ferrari, have suffered from in Hungary. Additionally they misplaced an engine.
“That is one thing we have to have have a look at, particularly when you’re so restricted with engines and all the opposite components, and with a funds cap as properly.”
Ferrari revealed after Hungary that Charles Leclerc’s engine had been irreparably broken within the Flip 1 incident, leaving him additionally set for a penalty within the second half of the season.
Staff principal Mattia Binotto known as for a change to the foundations that will see rivals pay for crash harm they trigger after saying the incident with Leclerc’s automobile left Ferrari with a €2.5 million restore invoice.
Requested by Autosport for his ideas on that concept, Verstappen felt it could make drivers “extra chargeable for the primary lap of the race”.
“It might cease individuals from doing silly issues, as they’d understand it may impression their crew and in the end themselves,” Verstappen stated.
“It is one thing we’d like to try in Method 1. Ferrari has in fact additionally pointed this out. So we’ll see what comes out of it.”