Helmut Marko has revealed that Formula 1's budget cap will hurt Red Bull more than normal as around 750,000 euros will be needed to repair the damage on Max Verstappen's car.
Verstappen hit the tyre barriers hard on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix after colliding with championship rival Lewis Hamilton at Copse. It's a move that has proved very costly in the title race and for the Red Bull crew who will have a lot of work to do to get Verstappen's RB16B ready for the Hungarian GP.
"As things stand, it is about three quarters of a million euros, although the engine situation is not quite clear yet," Marko told RTL. "But especially in times of the cost cap, it is a significant amount and hurts us."
Whilst a brand-new chassis is likely to be needed for the next race in Budapest, Honda F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe is optimistic that the damage to the engine may be less than initially feared.
"When I first saw the images of the car being lifted, I thought there was a lot of damage," said Tanabe. But in reality it seems that the damage is less than what we first saw. However, the actual damage cannot be known from its appearance when it is installed in the car.
"So we would like to send it back to HRD in Sakura and check it before making a decision."
Marko says Verstappen is doing well with some pain in his neck. The championship leader was released from hospital on Sunday night after precautionary checks.
"He [Verstappen] is doing surprisingly well," said Marko. "He was accompanied by his father yesterday, and for safety reasons, they spent the night in a hotel.
"Max has only a bit of neck pain, but other than that, fortunately everything is okay. You will see a very motivated Max in Hungary."
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