Verstappen faces penalties as Honda confirms Red Bull’s worst fears

Ian Parks and Ewan Gill

Honda confirmed both Max Verstappen And Sergio Perez They lost their second units of power to irreparable damage, leaving the Red Bull duo facing near-certain penalties at one point in the Formula 1 season.

Verstappen initially thought his second engine had survived after his 51g high speed crash at Silverstone following an accident with Lewis Hamilton It was also used in Hungarian Grand Prix training before Red Bull noticed cracks before qualifying.

Ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Honda has revealed that the problem is too serious to fix.

Perez then participated in the chaos on the first lap of the Hungaroring which he raised mercedesValtteri Bottas, leaving his second PU also too dangerous to salvage.

To constrain costs, each driver is allowed to use three units of power across what is still expected to be a 23-race calendar.

This means both drivers will be using the final power units for this season with 12 races remaining on the schedule.

Any additional engines installed would result in grid penalties and the potential to skew the championship battle in favor of Mercedes and Hamilton.

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