Honda will replace Max Verstappen’s Silverstone power unit ahead of the Hungarian GP after conducting additional checks on Saturday.
After initially giving Red Bull the green light to reuse Verstappen’s Silverstone engine that has gone through the 51G accident of the Dutchman, the Japanese manufacturer has finally decided to replace the power unit ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Following additional testings conducted on Saturday, the engine was deemed too unstable to be used during today’s Grand Prix, for which Verstappen already has a tough battle insight with championship rival Lewis Hamilton.
“During post-qualifying checks we noticed something on Max’s PU which might have developed over the course of the weekend, likely to be an after-effect of the Silverstone crash,” a Honda statement said.
The manufacturer has however confirmed that the engine replacement will cause no harm to their driver as a previously-used engine was installed on the Dutchman’s chassis.
“We have therefore changed it for a new PU of the same specification. According to the regulations, Max is allowed to start from his third position on the grid with no penalty incurred.”
Verstappen will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from third position but should have a good opportunity to surprise his Mercedes opponents at the start of the race, thanks to the soft tires he will start with.