Both Red Bull and Ferrari have spoken out about the nightmares they face after damage sustained at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Late-braking on Lap One by the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas caused carnage on race day last Sunday, and brought an end to the day for 5 drivers, including Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc.
Both Red Bull cars suffered significant damage in the midst of the chaos at lights out in Hungary – and mending the damage won’t be cheap.
Sergio Perez’s Honda power unit took the brunt of his impact and will likely need replacing ahead of Round 12, and Team Principal Christian Horner said; “The consequence for us is brutal.
“In a cost-cap environment, that needs looking at.
“It needs looking at by the FIA.”
Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc was taken out by Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin just seconds after the Valtteri Bottas went into the back of Norris.
After an investigation by the team’s engineers, it is understood that Charles Leclerc will be down an engine from his penalty-free allocation for the remainder of the 2021 season.
In a statement, Ferrari said: “Examination of the number 16 SF21 carried out yesterday in Maranello, revealed that on top of this, the engine was irreparably damaged and cannot be used again, following the impact from Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin.
“This is a further blow for Scuderia Ferrari and the Monegasque driver.
“This damage has a financial impact and also racing ramifications, given that over the remaining 12 race weekends this season, it is highly likely the team could be obliged to fit a fourth ICE to Charles’ SF21, thus incurring grid penalties.”