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Featured Italian GP: Red Bull confirm Monza grid drops

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jack Hunsley, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
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    Red Bull have confirmed that both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat are set to drop, at best, 10 places on the grid for this weekends Italian Grand Prix at Monza with drivers receiving a sixth power unit for the season.

    After dropping hints at Spa Francorchamps that they would "most likely" require a sixth engine for Monza, Red Bull team principle Christian Horner has now confirmed both Ricciardo and Kvyat will indeed need to take another engine for this weekend.

    Horner has been quoted as saying "we're out of mileage on the units we've got, and we need to do what we can to get to the end of the year... we've decided to take it tactically at Monza because it's a track where you are flat out for 75% of it, so of course it's not going to be our strongest circuit."

    It is as of yet unclear whether Red Bull will consider taking the same drastic measures as McLaren did at Spa two weeks ago and incur multiple grid penalties by taking several new engines, however considering how many of the fly away races will favour Red Bull's high downforce package it would not be entirely unsurprising to see Red Bull sacrifice Monza to better their overall chances for the rest of the season.

    Renault's problems don't end there however, as Carlos Sainz Jr. is also set for a grid drop after he lost an engine during the Belgian Grand Prix, leaving Max Verstappen as the only Renault powered driver to not have a grid penalty for Monza.

    However, either you way you look at it, the news will do little to ease Red Bull's worries with even Honda now claiming it has a more powerful engine than Renault's offering. Stick with Racedepartment throughout this coming weekend from the Italian Grand Prix.
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  2. I hate these engine rules. These engines are shocking and they are expecting to get through four- five engines so they can reduce the cost where as here we are now, with some teams probably maybe going through 7-8 engines and ruining their whole season. They need some new engine regulations
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  3. the_sigman

    Sim racer, F1 news editor... Racing is in my blood Premium Member

    It is their problem. Ask Ferrari or Mercedes (the best two in reliability and performance) to see if this is possible to do.

    EDIT: I dont like the rules, but since they are on effect the teams have to follow them. What McLaren does is ridiculous.
  4. Yes but Renault and Honda have poor packages which are so unreliable. The things are breaking so easily. Honestly they should change the regs and force the manufacturers to work under a cost cap and from a set date
  5. the_sigman

    Sim racer, F1 news editor... Racing is in my blood Premium Member

    Here we are saying the exact same thing. The penalties are their fault. Not FIA's. It is more than possible to manage a season with those components. Having a limit of 4 and using 9 is a situation in which one can only laugh or cry.

    Τhe problem here is that it is difficult to manage and see if someone cheats.
  6. Joel


    Said it once going to say it again.

    Remember when we had 2 engines, one for race one for Quali? :inlove:
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  7. Can't wait for one of my favourite and fast GPs, glad Lotus will be there after their
    I'm sure Red Bull will decide on how many engines to take after FP, since the penalty is
    no longer carried into the next race they might consider taking more than one for
    each car.
  8. It must be so crappy to be a driver and go into a weekend knowing no matter what you do you're going to be dropped 10-20 places, or in Mclaren's case, 1034.
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  9. I feel sorry for Red Bull. It really isn't their fault that Renault are so arrogant and can't make a proper engine package.