Following his stop in Dutch GP FP1, Max Verstappen has escaped a gearbox penalty.
After his halt in Dutch Grand Prix FP1, Max Verstappen will not be assessed a Formula 1 gearbox violation.
After only 7 laps in front of his home audience, the Dutchman had a problem between fourth and fifth gear before his car broke down on the track due to a transmission problem.
Red Bull replaced the main shaft locking insert before the session without paying a penalty, although Verstappen will also avoid any additional grid penalties as a result of a fix made at Spa Francorchamps previous weekend.
When Red Bull accepted the Power Unit penalties for the Belgian Grand Prix, the pool of gearboxes was expanded.
Verstappen avoids suffering a grid drop this weekend because they didn’t need to break a gearbox seal, which is important.
Helmut Marko revealed in an interview with Dutch media outlet Motorsport-Magazin.com that they previously added a second gearbox to the pool.
“Fortunately we have increased the pool of gearboxes in Spa. We don’t know what happened yet, we have to open the car first. But there won’t be a penalty. On the other hand we had experience of back-launching by now!”
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