shultz wrote: ↑
Sun May 29, 2022 7:41 pm
Quick question: are Max and Checo still on PU1 or did they start using PU2 recently? Will they start using PU2 in Baku?
Honda brought Max onto Pu2 at France last year which was round 7
This year Max is on his first PU still for all components but exhaust (but exhaust has much higher allowance) and we've had round 7 (Monaco). Unless Honda/RB's strategy has changed since last year, I'd expect them to put a fresh unit in for Baku and maybe it will offer slightly more performance (given they don't need the rest of the engines to be able to do every single session for 7 weekends)
Seems Honda may have been more conservative, had less wear on the engines than expected, been able to extend their life due to the straight-line speed Red Bull possesses, or some combination of these aspects
On Checo, I believe he is on his first PU for most components but second for some. He will probably have to take a penalty at some point.