With engine penalties looming, Christian Horner is upset following a series of “brutal” Mercedes crashes.


With engine penalties looming, Christian Horner is upset following a series of “brutal” Mercedes crashes.

Red Bull will most certainly receive engine penalties this season, according to Christian Horner.

Because they may need to use more than the allowable three units per year, Christian Horner believes it’s “quite likely” that Red Bull will receive engine penalties this season.

Over the past two races, both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have collided with Mercedes drivers, with Verstappen suffering damage on both occasions.

After colliding with Lewis Hamilton during the British Grand Prix, the Dutchman was in the wrong place at the wrong moment on the opening lap in Budapest, when Valtteri Bottas slammed into the back of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Norris then collided with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who suffered serious damage to his barge board, forcing Perez to withdraw. Bottas then collided with Perez, leading him to retire.

Perez was forced out of the race, and after dragging his Red Bull home, Verstappen was only able to score two points for the team; however, it did offer Bottas’ team-mate the opportunity to score a haul of points and reclaim the lead in the standings.

When asked about Red Bull’s chances of finishing the season without incurring an engine penalty, team principal Horner said: “Very little, I’m afraid, and that is hugely frustrating for Honda because it’s not due to reliability; it’s due to accidents that we haven’t caused, so they are feeling the brunt of this as we are on the chassis-side, and it’s not to be underestimated on the cost cap side.”

“It does need to be looked at because the occurrences we’ve had in the last couple of weeks have been terrible in a cost-cutting atmosphere.

“It quickly lost all of its water,” he added, referring to Perez’s engine. “So, you know, we’ll have to look into it further,” he said, adding that “the initial reports indicate it will no longer be in service.”

He commented after the race at the Hungaroring, “We’ve got a shedload of accident damage, and probably two engines that we’ve lost owing to the acts of other drivers.”

“So yeah, it’s irritating, but you know what? As we head into the summer vacation, we’re within a point difference of first and second place.

“We’ve had a lot of really horrible stuff.” Brinkwire Summary News


Comments are closed.