The tension in the battle for the title between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is so great and at the same time the differences are so small that I can be everything decisive. This was evident in the past few races, when Verstappen and Hamilton both had to take a grid penalty for using their fourth engine.
As far as is known, both drivers now have three working engines at their disposal, but this may already be reduced to two. If they don’t want to take penalties anymore, they will have to get through the season with this. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Motorsport-Total.com that it is no longer the intention for Verstappen to collect grid penalties this season. “We are not tied to just one engine. So in theory we should hopefully be able to make it to the end of the year. Never say never…”
An accident is in a small corner
However, especially in the motorsport world, this cannot simply be assumed. It can happen that Verstappen crashes again, making an engine or other part no longer usable. Then Red Bull will have to. However, if Verstappen’s car remains intact, no part will need to be replaced this season and the Dutchman can drive out of the season with the current parts.
Hamilton in the same situation
Verstappen’s major competitor, Hamilton, is in the same situation. In principle, he will no longer have to replace anything on his car. Still, the question marks there are a bit bigger, because Mercedes did not replace the entire engine last weekend. As a result, a few parts will have to last until the end of the season. If not, there will still be a grid penalty for the Brit. A grid penalty that Verstappen can then take advantage of.