September 24, 2021

‘No plan’ for Verstappen to change engine and take penalty at Monza | 2021 Italian Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen says Red Bull aren’t planning to change his power unit at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, and take a penalty.

The Red Bull driver’s second power unit was taken out of service early due to damage resulting from his high-speed crash during the British Grand Prix. He is therefore likely to need a fourth power unit before the end of the season, which will result in a penalty, though Honda is hopeful some parts of the damaged engine can still be salvaged.

Verstappen said that if the team does change his engine, it is unlikely to be at this weekend’s race.

“We haven’t really decided yet,” he said. “We’ll see. It’s definitely not the plan to have to take it here.”

The sprint qualifying format being used this weekend does not change how engine change penalties are applied. If Verstappen did take one this weekend it would affect his starting position for Sunday’s grand prix, not Saturday’s sprint qualifying race, where up to three points are available.

Although Red Bull have been more competitive this year than in previous seasons, Verstappen said he isn’t sure “if it’s going to going to be enough to fight” with Mercedes this weekend.

“But nevertheless, this weekend, with sprint qualifying stuff, it’s going to be very different. So I just hope that we did our homework before getting here and we can be very competitive.

“It’s a bit difficult to say where we will stand. I definitely don’t expect it to be like Zandvoort.”

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Power unit components used so far

No. Car Engine Driver ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX
31 Alpine Renault Esteban Ocon 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
14 Alpine Renault Fernando Alonso 3 3 3 3 2 2 7
11 Red Bull Honda Sergio Perez 4 4 4 4 4 4 6
10 AlphaTauri Honda Pierre Gasly 3 3 3 3 2 2 6
55 Ferrari Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jnr 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
22 AlphaTauri Honda Yuki Tsunoda 3 3 3 3 3 3 5
33 Red Bull Honda Max Verstappen 3 3 3 3 2 2 5
16 Ferrari Ferrari Charles Leclerc 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
7 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
99 Alfa Romeo Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
47 Haas Ferrari Mick Schumacher 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
9 Haas Ferrari Nikita Mazepin 3 3 3 2 1 2 5
5 Aston Martin Mercedes Sebastian Vettel 3 3 3 3 2 2 4
4 McLaren Mercedes Lando Norris 3 3 3 3 2 2 4
77 Mercedes Mercedes Valtteri Bottas 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
44 Mercedes Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
63 Williams Mercedes George Russell 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
3 McLaren Mercedes Daniel Ricciardo 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
31 Williams Mercedes Nicholas Latifi 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
18 Aston Martin Mercedes Lance Stroll 3 3 3 2 2 2 3

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