Positive news arrives from Milton Keynes: after Honda's analysis, Max Verstappen's engine, which seemed to be at risk for the race in Hungary after the strong impact due to the accident with Lewis Hamilton on the Silverstone track. They reported that there isn't any serious damage.
After making sure that the Dutchman was okay after the accident, the attention turned to the damage suffered by his RB16B, which Red Bull claimed to be about 1.8 million. Fortunately, however, no further sums to add for the PU, and no penalties for the Austrian team, because from Honda's analysis the engine is intact and usable.
"The PU was sent back to Sakura [Honda's base in Japan] for thorough checks," Honda explained to The-Race.com - "We also replaced certain parts, as allowed in the regulations, without breaking the FIA seals."
"We will use the engine this Friday to give it a proper track test, after which we should have a clearer picture of its viability as a race engine."
"Honda has now given the green light for the accident engine. It can continue to be used. That means now we don't have to worry about ever taking a grid penalty," Red Bull boss Helmut Marko said to F1-insider.
Red Bull is therefore confident that they will not have to incur any penalties on the grid. It'll be news that calms the team after a turbulent weekend at the British Grand Prix. In fact, on each Formula 1 single-seater it is only possible to change a limited number of Power Units and their components during the course of the season.
Verstappen is currently using his second PU on his car, while the maximum number before incurring a penalty is three. If for some reason the engine should fail in free practice this Friday, which seems unlikely, given Honda's reassurances, they could still change PU without suffering penalties, but the season is still long and things would become complicated to manage in the long run.