Daniil Kvyat will join team mate Daniel Ricciardo on a 10-place grid penalty in Austria after Red Bull boss Christian Horner confirmed that the Russian is taking a fifth V6 overnight.
Although it was always likely that both drivers would change, only Ricciardo took a new engine for today, while Kvyat managed to get through Friday practice with his fourth unit. However the team doesn’t want to push its luck into Saturday and Sunday.
“He’ll be changing tonight,” Horner told this writer. “Obviously it’s far from ideal in Austria, but it was unfortunately on the cards as soon as we got onto engine four very early on.”
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso already has a 20-place penalty so at least the Red Bull drivers can be fairly sure that they won’t be last on the grid for the company’s home race. Jenson Button is also expecting penalties.