Verstappen To Begin Italian GP In Rear

September 6, 2019 by

As a consequence for his punishment of unnecessary engine use, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will begin the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday from the back of the starting poles. The Dutchman will operate the recent’ Spec Four’ engine from Honda at Monza, taking him over the amount of engine parts allowed for a season. Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso will also be running the engine with the same penalty.

Honda F1 Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe told reporters that they believe they can still compete on the same level regardless of the penalty. The Spec Four engine was driven by the other riders of the two cars, Red Bull’s Alexander Albon and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, at the Belgian Grand Prix, although Albon returned to a previous spec engine for the race.

Tanabe added that they had collected important information from the spa, which they used to make adjustments to the power configurations of their car, along with calibrations for the upcoming race. He continued, saying that they are hoping to maximize Spec Four’s ability on the track, and to achieve more positive momentum. Lastly, Tanabe said that they know Ferrari will be fast on the track, and they know that starting from behind means they might not have a chance at the top four.

Christian Horner, Red Bull Team leader, stated that the output for the engine was encouraging, and that progress was being made, and the engine was performing as expected.

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