Crimson Bull might change part of Max Verstappen’s PU after energy loss

Crimson Bull modified components of Max Verstappen’s energy unit on Sunday morning, however the driver received’t be penalised attributable to a rule change that got here into impact earlier within the season.

Verstappen recorded his worst qualifying displaying of this season on the Hungaroring on Saturday, the reigning World Champion down in tenth place.

A lock up on his first run in Q3 left him in seventh, Verstappen telling Crimson Bull: “Entrance finish and rear grip very unhealthy.”

Heading out for a second run his issues went from unhealthy to worse as he reported “no energy”, the motive force falling to tenth.

Crimson Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko revealed on Saturday night that the staff might have to alter components of his engine, however stated it will be carried out “with out penalty”.

“Within the first run, he mis-braked and his entrance tyres suffered in consequence. Within the second run, he didn’t have the total engine energy accessible,” the Crimson Bull advisor advised Sky Germany.

“We predict we all know what it’s. The trade of this half is feasible with out penalty.”

Final month Components 1 agreed a rule change beneath which groups can be allowed to switch the engine with a brand new specification between qualifying and the race. All this should be carried out inside the parc fermé guidelines.

Beforehand this could have resulted in a pit lane begin.

Crimson Bull made these adjustments on Sunday morning – new engine, turbo, MGU-H and MGU-Okay – whereas additionally engaged on the reigning World Champion’s DRS.

All of the elements have been inside Verstappen’s allotment for the season.

Sergio Perez additionally took a brand new ICE, MGU-H, MGU-Okay, Turbo and exhaust, all with out penalty. For Pierre Gasly, although, these elements meant a back-of-the-grid begin.

Verstappen begins tenth on the grid, nevertheless, being the Hungaroring Marko is anxious that it is going to be troublesome for the motive force to overhaul on the circuit.

“Singapore, Monte Carlo and right here in Hungary – these are the three tracks the place you wouldn’t want for one thing like that. We’d like a whole lot of luck within the race,” the 79-year-old stated.

However on a day when it appeared rather a lot was going in opposition to Crimson Bull, Marko did discover one constructive in that George Russell out-qualified the Ferrari drivers.

“In fact that’s constructive for us, as a result of he’s in entrance of the Ferraris,” he stated.

He added: “We’ll combat and see that we are able to get the utmost out of it.”

Former F1 driver turned pundit Ralf Schumacher says he understands Verstappen’s frustrations in qualifying.

“It will need to have been a recognized drawback that also hasn’t been addressed,” he stated. “It’s extraordinarily annoying as a result of he is aware of there received’t be a lot in there from behind.

“Perhaps the technique might help him a bit.

“However generally it’s simply higher to go away your helmet on and let off steam inside the place no person can hear you win and lose collectively, however the scenario is certainly unhealthy for Crimson Bull.”

Verstappen will line up on the Hungaroring grid with a 63-point benefit within the Drivers’ standings.



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