Red Bull did not use new Honda engine during GP Belgium
Honda introduced the fourth version of its power source during the GP weekend. This was screwed into Alexander Albon’s car by Red Bull, but not used during the race.
The general expectation was that Alexander Albon was on the road with the Spec 4 engine during the Belgian Grand Prix, but nothing could be further from the truth. The newcomer to Red Bull, like teammate Max Verstappen, drove a spec 2 engine.
At the end of the race, Teamboss Horner told RacingNews365 about the engine situation within the team: “None of our riders drove the spec 4 engine. At Albon’s on Friday we switched to the spec 4 engine, all the more so in order to collect a grid penalty. During the race both drivers drove the spec 2-engine.”
What’s striking is that no use was made of the more powerful spec 3 engine that was introduced in France during the GP weekend. According to the words of Verstappen, he was already riding the spec 2 engine in Hungary (“I’m riding the same engine as in Hungary this weekend”), which seems to confirm that the Honda engines will only last four to five races.
Horner, like engine supplier Honda, is satisfied with the first results of the spec 4 engine, which will probably also be in the back of the RB15 from Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix. “The dates we saw on Friday of Albon and Daniil Kvyat, who were riding the new engine at the time, were encouraging. Progress is certainly being made and this is in line with what we expected.”
If Verstappen changes to a fresh engine in Italy, he will face a severe grid penalty.
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