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F1: Renault and Customers to Use New Engines in Canada

F1: Renault and Customers to Use New Engines in Canada

The FIA has given confirmation that all six Renault-equipped F1 cars have taken the latest power unit upgrade package for the Canadian GP. In addition to that, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo won’t have any penalties despite problems in Monaco.

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul was previously unsure if all Renault-powered cars would take the new V6 for Canada. This was because each driver had run different mileages in the opening six race weekends.

Aside from the Renault-powered teams, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will also be taking a new V6 for this weekend. Fellow Ferrari-powered teams, Sauber and Haas took the latest Maranello spec in Monaco.

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Meanwhile, Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen has not taken the new engine yet. The Finnish veteran took his second V6 when he took a new example of the original spec in Spain.

On the Honda front, both Toro Rosso drivers have taken the latest spec Honda V6.

After his Monaco problem, Ricciardo has reverted to his Shanghai MGU-K. So this means that he won’t trigger any penalties in Montreal.

However, the Aussie is not out of the woods yet. He is on the bubble in terms of the V6 and turbo, with the next example of each creating a penalty.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that he is not particularly concerned about the MGU-K that has gone back into Ricciardo’s car.

“No more worried than normal to be honest,” he said. “It’s done a few events and a bit of mileage. It’s his first unit that’s gone back in the car, he’s got no others available. Hopefully he’ll be alright with it.”

Some of the drivers who are one step away from penalties after today’s changes are Max Verstappen (turbo and control electronics), and Raikkonen (turbo).

There are no changes to any of the Mercedes cars after the upgrade package was put on hold due to reliability concerns.

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