New engines for pilots Alpine and Red Bull at Le Castellet

Engine manufacturers Honda and Renault have decided to introduce at the Circuit Paul Ricard the second of the three internal combustion engines (ICE) authorized in their annual quota. 

Published on 18/06/2021 à 12:32

Julien BILLIOTTE

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New engines for pilots Alpine and Red Bull at Le Castellet

World championship leader, Max Verstappen received a fresh propellant at Le Castellet (Var) / © DPPI

Honda and Renault have decided to upgrade their engine for the French Grand Prix, the 7th of the 23 rounds planned for 2021. 

The runners Red Bull, Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, thus received a fresh ICE in Castellet (Var), but also a new turbocharger as well as new MGU-K and MGU-H.

Currently leading the two world championships - Drivers and Manufacturers -, the Austrian team and its Japanese engine manufacturer wanted to put all the chances on their side on a more classic French track where they expect a replica of Mercedes, undefeated in France since the return of the national event to the calendar

Honda did the same thing at Alpha Tauri, but only for the car Pierre Gasly. His teammate Yuki tsunoda is in fact on a different use cycle because he had already obtained new elements after his crash in qualifying at Imola (Italy). 


Alpine hopes to shine at home with its new engine elements / © DPPI

Same strategy in the clan Alpine where new thermal engines, turbocharger, MGU-K, and MGU-H were made available to Fernando Alonso et Esteban Ocon for the French manufacturer's home meeting. 

Elsewhere, Valtteri Bottas received a new battery and new electronic control on his Mercedes W12, while the drivers Ferrari, Charles Leclerc et Carlos Sainz, also got their hands on a new electronic control.

Finally, Verstappen, Pérez, and Gasly have a new exhaust system, their 3rd out of the 8 authorized per season. 

Julien BILLIOTTE

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