Red Bull Racing refuses to use new MGU-K

  • 26 Jun 2018 08:38
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  • By: Danny Sosef

Red Bull Racing will not use a new 'MGU-K' unit supplied by Renault this weekend in Austria. Marca reports that Renault has been using the 2017 version of the energy recovery component so far this year, but that the new specification is finally ready.

However, fitting the new unit will result in penalties for the Renault-powered drivers, including those at the works team, McLaren, and Red Bull Racing. "It will be available in Austria for all the cars that want it," said Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul. "It so happens that not all the teams have chosen to use the new specification, but it's something that we've been very much waiting for."

It is believed Renault and McLaren will use the new MGU-K in Austria, but Red Bull Racing doesn't want to take penalties at its home race at the Red Bull Ring.

"It's a problem that some have chosen not to use it," Abiteboul said. "It means they will continue to use the MGU-K of a previous technical specification with a higher reliability risk. "But that is our philosophy -- to accept the choice of the teams that have all the information," he added.

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  • Abiteboul can't decide for it's clients. he just has to except RB's choice.

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    • Jun 26 2018 - 09:42
  • boudy

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    It's good that they are bringing out an new specification maybe it will get them closer to the mercedes PU. I believe Verstappen already used up his maximum allowance and Ricciardo used 2. If there is an major performance gain they will need to upgrade.

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    • Jun 26 2018 - 09:56
    • Im not sure about Verstappen, but Ricciardo has already depleted his storage of penalty free allocations AFAIK.

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      • Jun 26 2018 - 11:53
    • mbmwe36

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      And I'm sure they will, sooner rather than later, but not for their home grand prix because of the grid penalties.

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      • Jun 26 2018 - 14:02
  • Numnum

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    Smart decicion.

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    • Jun 27 2018 - 02:25

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