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Red Bull's Max Verstappen set for Italian Grand Prix grid penalty

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen set for Italian Grand Prix grid penalty


Max Verstappen will take grid penalties for the Italian Grand Prix after his Belgium engine failure, says Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner.

Verstappen was running fifth early in the Spa F1 race when he shifted from third to fourth out of the last corner and immediately lost power as his Renault engine went into a safe mode.

It came after Verstappen swapped to his fourth internal combustion of the year ahead of final practice, meaning any further change will spark grid penalties.

He is also on the limit with MGU-Hs, having used four, but has so far used three turbochargers and only two MGU-Ks, energy stores and control electronics.

"I can understand his frustration but the majority of them have been beyond our control," Horner told Autosport.

"He's now staring down the barrel of a bunch of penalties in Monza so it is really frustrating for him.

"Our engine partners have apologised and are quite aware that their reliability and product isn't where it should be."

12122017

Red Bull's Christian Horner says Renault has to sort F1 engines out

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Red Bull's Christian Horner says Renault has to sort F1 engines out


Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Formula 1 engine supplier Renault needs to sort out its reliability problems because his team is not getting what it pays for.

Max Verstappen retired from fifth with an engine problem early in the Belgian Grand Prix in what was his sixth retirement in 12 races this season, four of which have been mechanical.

"Renault are quite aware that its reliability and product isn't where it should be," said Horner. "It's their business to sort that out.

"We're a paying customer and it's obviously below par the service we are seeing at this point in time because [of the] reliability issues, the failures.

"We pay a hell of a lot of money for the engine. They need to sort it out.

"It's hurting them as much as it is hurting ourselves.

"At this level, you can't afford the kind of failures that we're consistently seeing."

Horner said it looks like a "sensor issue or a spark plug issue" caused Verstappen to stop out on track at Spa.