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Red Bull Racing

Perez to take on new Honda engine ahead of Dutch GP

Sergio Perez was unable to make it out of Q1 in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix and it looks as though Red Bull will use the low starting position as an opportunity to take on a new Honda power unit.

Perez Zandvoort
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After a disappointing qualifying session that saw him fail to make it out of Q1, Sergio Perez is now set to start the Dutch Grand Prix from the very back of the grid, as Red Bull have opted for an engine change.

Perez finished 16th in qualifying after he failed to make it round Zandvoort at the end of Q1 in time to start a final flying lap, and admitted afterwards that the result was tough to digest.

Red Bull will use the opportunity to replace Perez's engine, with Team Advisor Helmut Marko confirming the decision while speaking to Servus TV.

"We will use this opportunity to change as many engine parts as possible, so we can limit the damage and avoid grid penalties for the rest of the season," Marko stated.

A change would see Perez use his fourth engine of the season and thus automatically send him to the back of the grid.

However, the move would add a new power unit to his pool prior to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix, where teams often run their lowest mileage power unit due to the demands of the high-speed Monza circuit.

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