All four Honda drivers will receive new engines of the Spec 4 V6 engine at the Russian GP to be ready for the next race in Japan without penalties and to finish the season without any further changes, the Japanese manufacturer confirmed ahead of the weekend of Sochi.
Honda introduced the fourth engine specification in Belgium when it was used only by Kvyat in Toro Rosso while Verstappen, Albon and Gasly used the new engine in the next race in Italy.
Two races later Honda decided to give all drivers new Spec 4 engines to increase engine pool for its drivers and to use fresh engines for their home race in Japan.
Verstappen, Albon and Gasly will only take new V6 engines and get five place penalties, but Kvyat will start from the back of the grid as Honda will change all PU elements except the battery.
Honda’s reliability has improved this year compared to last season, but in the first 15 races they used as many as 19 engines, one less than Renault, which is the price they paid for their aggressive development program.
Verstappen will have his fifth engine this season, as well as Albon, Kvyat will get sixth, and Gasly the seventh engine.
Looking at our PU usage for the rest of the season, in Sochi all 4 drivers will get a new Spec 4 ICE.
With a different replacement history, Kvyat is changing all elements except the battery. He will start from the back of the grid.
The other 3 will get 5 place grid penalties. pic.twitter.com/uUrjYloO9f
— Honda Racing F1 (@HondaRacingF1) September 26, 2019
- Status: Before 2019 Russian GP
|Alexander Albon||Red Bull||Honda||4||4||4||3||3||3|
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||Honda||4||4||4||3||3||3|
|Sergio Perez||Racing Point||Mercedes||4||4||4||3||1||1|
|Lance Stroll||Racing Point||Mercedes||4||4||4||2||1||1|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||4||3||3||2||2||3|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||4||4||4||2||2||4|
|Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||Honda||6||5||5||5||3||3|
|Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||Honda||5||5||5||4||3||3|
In 2019 F1 season, drivers can use 3 ICE, 3 TC, 3 MGU-H, 2 MGU-K, 2 ES and 2 CE
ICE – internal combustion engine, TC – turbo charger, MGU-H – motor generator unit heat, MGU-K – motor generator unit kinetic, ES – energy store, CE – control electronics