Formula 1 2019: Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly to start Italian GP at back of grid due to power unit changes
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will start Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at the back of the grid due to power unit changes, engine partners Honda said on Wednesday.
Both will use Honda’s latest ‘Spec 4’ unit, taking them beyond their engine allocation for the season
By taking penalties at Monza, Red Bull aim to give Verstappen a better chance in Singapore
Alexander Albon and Daniil Kvyat used the new power unit at Belgian GP with similar penalties
Monza, Italy: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will start Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at the back of the grid due to power unit changes, engine partners Honda said on Wednesday.
Both will use Honda’s latest ‘Spec 4’ unit, taking them beyond their engine allocation for the season.
“For their first race with Spec 4, Gasly and Verstappen will therefore take grid penalties and start from the back of grid, but we believe they can still race strongly on Sunday,” said Honda’s F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe in a statement.
By taking penalties at Monza, the fastest track on the calendar, Red Bull aim to give Verstappen a better chance in Singapore later in the month where grid position is more important and overtaking is difficult.
The Japanese Grand Prix, Honda’s home race, is also coming up in October.
Verstappen, who turns 22 at the end of September, has won twice this season and is third in the Formula One championship.
The Dutch youngster retired on the opening lap last weekend in Belgium after a collision with Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Verstappen’s team mate Alexander Albon and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat used the new power unit at Spa-Francorchamps, with similar penalties.
“I think it can be alright to overtake,” Verstappen told reporters in Spa when asked about the likelihood of starting at the back in Monza. “Even if you start from the back I don’t think it’s a big deal.
“If you start from the back you probably won’t catch the top four. Everything behind that I think it’s possible to catch up with.”
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas says he needs a miracle to stop Lewis Hamilton, but will 'never give up'
It was Hamilton’s seventh win in 11 races this season and, remarkably, extended his record run of consecutive finishes in the points to 44, a statistic that will probably cause more dismay for the Finn.
Formula 1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo to pick tattoo for Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul after podium finish in Eifel GP
Ricciardo and Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul had a bet that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo's choice if he could finish in the top three of a race this season.
It was not made clear if Stroll had tested positive for COVID-19. But Stroll's teammate Sergio Perez after returning from Mexico and testing positive for the coronavirus ahead of the British Grand Prix in July.