- Sep 26, 2010
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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