We have known for a long time that Max Verstappen will use a fourth Honda engine at some point, resulting in a grid penalty. More and more often there are rumors that Lewis Hamilton will have to do the same. For the world champion himself, however, that is not a theme at the moment.
The big question is whether Max Verstappen will receive an extra grid penalty in Sochi this weekend. He already has one of three places for his part in the crash at Monza, but could get one more if Red Bull decides to spoon a new engine into Verstappen’s car.
Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, is already driving his third engine and Mercedes increasingly says it cannot rule out the possibility that they will also make a switch at some point. That process may be speeded up by engine problems that Mercedes seems to be concerned about.
When RacingNews365 asks about the likelihood of an engine change, he indicates that this is not a topic at the moment: “As it looks now, we are in good shape. However, there is still a long way to go”, that’s how the Mercedes star begins his answer.
“At the moment we are not toying with the idea of using a new engine and I hope it stays that way. But it should be clear that I cannot predict the future.”