Daniil Kvyat will start the French Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking a complete new power unit for this weekend’s race.
Kvyat is the only one of the two Toro Rosso drivers using Honda’s upgrade power unit this weekend. Both Red Bull drivers have taken new engines, turbochargers and MGU-Hs but will not incur any penalties.
Renault has also introduced a new engine but will only run it in Daniel Ricciardo’s car. Nico Hulkenberg has already exceeded the maximum number of engine changes he can make without a penalty.
Power unit components used as of first practice for the French Grand Prix
|26||Toro Rosso||Honda||Daniil Kvyat||4||3||3||3||3||3|
|55||McLaren||Renault||Carlos Sainz Jnr||3||3||3||2||2||2|
|33||Red Bull||Honda||Max Verstappen||3||3||3||2||2||2|
|10||Red Bull||Honda||Pierre Gasly||3||3||3||2||2||2|
|18||Racing Point||Mercedes||Lance Stroll||3||3||3||2||1||1|
|23||Toro Rosso||Honda||Alexander Albon||3||2||2||2||2||2|
|99||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||Antonio Giovinazzi||2||2||2||1||2||3|
|7||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||Kimi Raikkonen||2||2||2||1||2||2|
|11||Racing Point||Mercedes||Sergio Perez||2||2||2||1||1||1|
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3 comments on “Kvyat to start at back of grid after power unit change”
21st June 2019, 13:06
Interesting. Bit of a shame for Kvyat, as points look like a realistic outcome for Toro Rosso here.
The “interesting” part for me, however, is the fact that this represents the first meaningful piece of information concerning the reliability of the Honda PU in 2019. Kvyat has been able to complete 7 race weekends (out of 21) without exceeding the maximum amount of engine components. Compare that to last year’s engine usage by Toro Rosso (Brendon Hartley used 8 engines in the first 11 races), and you can’t help but notice that they have in fact improved considerably.
Last year, I remarked that:
With Kvyat, they’re still off that goal by a factor of 3. In other words, it’s bittersweet. Clearly improved but still a long way behind. And it’s not like Kvyat is an extreme outlier, his fellow Honda users are right on his tail.
21st June 2019, 13:38
or they want a head to head comparison with the old engine?
21st June 2019, 13:59
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