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Fifth engine for Red Bull: engine penalty already in Montreal?

Fifth engine for Red Bull
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R ed Bull and Toro Rosso are one step further than that Competitor. They know they need a fifth engine sometime this season. Probably a sixth and a seventh too. And every time the affected drivers fall back 10 starting positions. For the Renault teams, it's now a matter of taking the penalties where it hurts the least. Ideally on a racetrack where you don't calculate too much anyway.

Tactical engine changes have been allowed since the introduction of hybrid technology. The teams may use the replaced engine at any later point in time. In the past, they had to wait until the last race to return to voluntarily exchanged engines.

Starting this year, starting place penalties are no longer added up. If the penalty transfer cannot be fully served in a race, there will be additional time penalties for the pit stop.

Red Bull with no great chances in Montreal

Red Bull and Toro Rosso face the GP Canada faced a problem. Montreal is not good terrain for engines with a power deficit. Max Verstappen has to drop five starting positions anyway because of his Monaco collision.

Another factor is the home game in Austria, which is on the program after Canada. In front of their own audience, the Red Bull Armada would definitely like to avoid a starting place penalty. Then the Grand Prix of Silverstone and Budapest follow. Both routes that require downforce. This also makes a good playground for Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

The two Red Bull teams have each had the fourth engine in their car since the Spanish GP. At the moment the mileage is still modest. Daniel Ricciardo drove 1,037 kilometers on his Renault V6 turbo in Barcelona and Monte Carlo. For Daniil Kvyat it is 1,024, for Carlos Sainz 1,152 and for Max Verstappen 1,060 kilometers. Just a fifth of the distance that a power source should actually cover if you want to get through the season with four units.

More power with stable technology

Nonetheless, both teams are considering changing the engines voluntarily after Friday practice in Montreal. That would add another 250 to 300 kilometers to the clock. The fourth engine would therefore not be lost. It would just come back to work later. If you do it skillfully, you can go along with itengines 4 and 5 can make ends meet up to the Japanese GP.

That is how long the other components of the hybrid system would have to hold within the quota of four. You try to time the mission so that there are no additional penalties. Ricciardo has reached number 3 with the turbocharger and the MGU-H. The MGU-K and the power electronics are in status 2. The battery has been in the car since the start of the season. Kvyat is set up in a similar way: third turbocharger, second MGU-H, MGU-K and power electronics, still the first battery.

And Toro Rosso? With two units each for turbochargers, MGU-H, MGU-K, power electronics and energy storage, Sainz is better off than his colleague Verstappen. It has already used three kits for each of the electric machines.

Renault has long since given up on getting through the season with a minimum number of drive sources. The French have declared 2015 the testing season and are still troubleshooting. The cob disease has not yet been fully clarified. Engine number 4 has to survive 5 race weekends without a defect before Renault starts to release more power.

This means that the fifth engine will have a similar specification to its predecessor. Including some changes in the service of reliability. But it also means that the first of a total of 12 development tokens can only be installed in the sixth engine. Team advisor Helmut Marko had already indicated that you could only expect a power boost in the last quarter of the season.


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