Red Bull replaced Verstappen’s gearbox

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 30: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leaves the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 30, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull confirmed that Max Verstappen had his RB16B’s gearbox replaced following his 51G incident at the British Grand Prix, which left most of his car damaged.

Drivers are prohibited from swapping gearboxes until they have completed six races, but that rule is exempted should a driver fail to finish a Grand Prix.

Since Verstappen retired in the opening lap of the race, Red Bull was allowed to swap gearboxes without the risk of grid penalties being awarded to Verstappen in Hungary.

Joining Verstappen in a gearbox swap is Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin, who also failed to finish the race at Silverstone, having retired towards the closing laps of the race.

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