Czech Perez remained No points in the Canadian Grand Prix, after leaving on the ninth lap, when he had already advanced two places. Although the Mexican initially confirmed that the engine was damaged, Red Bull’s team advisor Helmut Marko confirmed that the real damage was in the gearbox.
Marko noted that the box was broken and may have been damaged the day before, When Checo hit one of the retaining walls, during the qualifying session, so the team will have to change the part before the British Grand Prix.
Czech, close to the penalty
This situation brings the Mexican closer to a penalty, according to formula regulations, which Limits teams’ ability to make four changes to the box throughout the season, And Checo’s RB18 has already gone through three changes, and we’re not even halfway through the season.
If Red Bull made a change to the fund again, it would have reached the limit according to the regulations, so If a fifth gearbox is installed, the Mexican will be penalized with five positions on the starting grid.
When were other changes made to the box?
Red Bull has had reliability issues all season, but especially at the start, so the team made the first change before the start of the first Grand Prix of the season, in Bahrain.
The second gearbox was installed after the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying session. On that occasion, The Mexican lost control of the car in the latter part of Q3 And as if that wasn’t enough, Carlos Sainz hit his car, damaging the box.
How much did Red Bull spend on the Chicco?
according to Motorsports and ESPNthe gearbox in Formula 1 is close to $354,000, so even the Canadian Grand Prix, Red Bull invested just over $1 million.
To give us a closer idea, every gearbox in F1 costs Seven million pesos, you can buy on March 28 of the year And you have little left.
To the three gearboxes, you must add 141,500 dollars in replacement of the front wing, which was damaged in the qualifying cycle in Canada, so 1.2 million was invested in repairs to the Mexican car.