Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen will be the drivers to trial Renault's much vaunted upgraded engine at the Monaco Grand Prix, it has been confirmed.
The engine, which marks the first major update for a Renault engine since the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix, was originally set to be rolled out for the Canadian Grand Prix, but good feedback and reliability during the post-Spanish Grand Prix test would revise plans.
As such, the update has been made available for lead Renault F1 driver Magnussen at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, with customer team Red Bull Racing nominating Ricciardo for its update.
Their respective team-mates Jolyon Palmer and Max Verstappen will get their hands on the upgrade, thought to be worth between 0.2s and 0.5s a lap, in Montreal.
“The new engine thing, it was discussed, we were trying to push it for Monaco and we knew pretty early on that we might just have one, and it was pretty much the guy leading the championship would have got that," Ricciardo said, explaining why he was chosen over Verstappen.
"At the time with Daniil it was looking like I would have got it here anyway, and with Max…”