Verstappen will test British GP power unit on Friday

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull confirmed Max Verstappen will test the power unit used in the RB16B at Silverstone during free practice sessions at the Hungarian Grand Prix after the PU was sent to the Honda engine department in Sakura for inspection.

Despite the damage to the car, the power unit was sent back after the Japanese manufacturer deemed it fit enough to at the very least be featured in Friday’s practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen hit the barriers with a force, estimated at 51G, as most of the RB16B was damaged on the spot beyond repair.

“We will use the engine this Friday to give it a proper track test, after which we should have a clearer picture of its viability as a race engine,” a Red Bull statement read.

“We also replaced certain parts, as allowed in the regulations, without breaking the FIA seals.”

Red Bull hopes for a raceable power unit as replacing a new power unit puts pressure on Verstappen and the team should there be future PU replacements, which will result in grid penalties. Furthermore, the incident, which has already cost Red Bull $1.8m, will be even more expensive if the power unit is of no use past Friday.

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