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.

Max Verstappen Red Bull RB15 Singapore GP F1 2019 Q Photo Red Bull

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.

  • Status: Before 2019 Russian GP
Driver Team Engine ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 3 3 3 2 2 2
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 3 3 3 2 2 2
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 3
Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2
Alexander Albon Red Bull Honda 4 4 4 3 3 3
Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 4 4 4 3 3 3
Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 5 4 4 3 3 3
Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 6 4 4 3 2 3
Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2
Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 3
Lando Norris McLaren Renault 4 4 4 4 4 3
Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 5 4 4 4 4 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
George Russell Williams Mercedes 3 3 3 2 3 3
Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 3 3 3 2 1 1

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

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