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Verstappen’s engine has Honda’s OK for Hungary

Verstappen suffered a spectacular accident at Copse on the first lap of the British Grand Prix after colliding with Lewis Hamilton, and the rear of his Red Bull was completely destroyed after hitting the tire barriers at high speed.

Despite the considerable damage, which Red Bull estimates cost the team more than $ 1.8 million, Honda has given Verstappen the go-ahead to continue using his Silverstone power unit at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix and subsequent events.

“It was good to see that Max did not suffer any ill effects from the Silverstone accident and we have been able to verify that the power unit that he used on the weekend of the British GP works normally,” confirmed the Honda F1 technical director, Toyoharu Tanabe, after the two free practice sessions on Friday at the Hungaroring.

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Honda’s green light is an extra motivation for Verstappen in his title battle with Hamiltonas teams can only use three combustion engines (ICE), three turbo and three hybrid engine elements in 2021 before suffering a penalty with grid positions.

Both Verstappen and Hamilton are currently using their second units, so not being able to reuse Silverstone’s engine could have given Verstappen a headache later in a 2021 season that is expected to have 23 races.

After leading the first free practice session on Friday, the championship leader fell to third place in FP2, three tenths behind the duo of Mercedes Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton.

Verstappen said the gap to Mercedes was “nothing too great to overcome” as Red Bull tried to adjust the car in the scorching conditions of the Hungarian Friday afternoon.

“It was a few tweaks that we were testing from FP1 to FP2, so we have to look at what worked and what didn’t,” said Verstappen.

“The track was also very hot, so it is never easy in those circumstances, but we will see. There are many things to analyze, but nothing shocking.”

“(The difference to Mercedes) is not too big to overcome. It is just generally not an easy day with track temperatures like this, so we will analyze everything.”

Gallery: Friday’s photos from the F1 Hungarian GP

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, goes wide

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

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Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

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Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari SF21

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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George Russell, Williams FW43B

George Russell, Williams FW43B

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George Russell, Williams FW43B

George Russell, Williams FW43B

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George Russell, Williams FW43B

George Russell, Williams FW43B

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George Russell, Williams FW43B, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

George Russell, Williams FW43B, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, y Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, y Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, goes wide

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, goes wide

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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