Verstappen to run F1 engine from Silverstone crash in Hungary FP1

Red Bull will test out Honda’s power unit involved in Max Verstappen’s crash at Silverstone during opening practice for Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.

Verstappen was eliminated from the British Grand Prix in a controversial first-lap collision with main rival Lewis Hamilton and suffered a 51G impact with the barriers at the exit of Copse corner.

While Verstappen escaped the crash without any injuries, his Red Bull car was completely wrecked in the shunt, costing the team £1.3million in damage.

The condition of the engine was a concern for Red Bull but Honda confirmed on Wednesday that it will run the power unit during FP1 on Friday at the Hungaroring to evaluate its viability to be used in the race.

The Japanese manufacturer has changed some parts on Verstappen’s power unit ahead of this weekend’s race, but none of the six components limited by strict regulations.

“The PU was sent back to Sakura for thorough checks,” Honda said in a statement.

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

“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.”

F1 drivers are permitted to use three internal combustion engines, three MGU-Hs, three MGU-Ks, three turbochargers, two energy stores, and two control electronics over the course of a season before penalties are triggered.

At the time of his British GP crash, Verstappen was on his second ICE, MGU-H, MGU-K, and turbocharger, and the first of his two permitted energy store and control electronics components.

Mercedes and Red Bull have been summoned to see the stewards in a hearing on Thursday afternoon in Hungary after the Milton Keynes squad lodged a right to review the incident and penalty given to Hamilton for the collision.

In Red Bull’s preview ahead of the race weekend, Verstappen instead he is “not interested in getting involved” in the fallout and “media hype” surrounding his clash with Hamilton.

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