Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen will each receive an upgraded power unit, as the French manufacturer brought forward the introduction of the improved power unit for Monaco.
Originally intended for the Canadian Grand Prix, the power unit was tested at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test and enjoyed a successful running completing both days without a failure.
“I think it was a very positive step,” Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said.
“I felt very comfortable with it [in testing post-Barcelona.] It was very positive that we gained so much [half a second per lap] because it’s not so easy to find that out of the car. So yeah, looking forward to using it in Canada.”
The result saw Renault fast-track the upgraded power unit for the Monaco Grand Prix, although due to the limited time between races, Renault could only produce two engines in time. This created the dilemma of which driver from each team to give the advantage to.
With Riccardo and Magnussen being the number one driver at their respective teams, the decision was made to allocate the upgraded power units to them, while Verstappen and Jolyon Palmer will have to miss out this round in Monaco, while their power units are prepared for the next round in Canada.
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