After some initial concerns over whether the Honda engine inside Max Verstappen's Red Bull could be salvaged following his accident at the British GP, the team's advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed the team can continue to use the power unit.
The accident has proven costly for the Milton Keynes outfit with team principal Christian Horner recently stating that repairs will cost $1.8 million. One positive is that a new Honda engine will not be needed after Marko revealed Honda have checked Verstappen's power unit and deemed it to be fit for use.
"Honda have given the green light over the engine," Marko told F1-Insider. "It can still be used.
"That means we no longer have to worry about getting a starting place penalty at some point."
The news means Verstappen and Red Bull can continue to use the same power unit used at the British GP, thus avoiding a second power unit change. Drivers can use a maximum of three engines over the course of the season, with any subsequent changes resulting in a grid penalty.
As for Red Bull's request to have the FIA review the crash between Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen at the British GP, the Austrian isn't ruling out any outcome.
"Everything is possible," Marko added. "Hamilton's penalty could be increased, reduced or he could even be acquitted.
"Our only concern is that the new findings are taken into account and that Max clearly sees that we are fully behind him."
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