Are you a gambler? More to the point, is Red Bull or Scuderia Toro Rosso? You see, Renault Sport F1 have brought a new engine to the USGP at COTA this weekend but in order to use them, both teams would take grid penalties. That may not sound like much but in the grand scheme of things, it could be.
“We will have our new specification of power unit available to use in Austin,” said Renault’s director of operations Remi Taffin.
“The principal changes involve the internals of the ICE (internal combustion engine) to give improved power and efficiency.
“We know that introducing the new PU (power unit) will incur a grid penalty (for exceeding the season’s allocation) so the decision to use will be made in full consultation with the teams.”
Red Bull are 57 points ahead of Force India, who look quite resurgent in their new chassis, and Toro Rosso are only 21 points behind Lotus F1 so there could be some serious Constructor’s Championship points on the line here. Would you gamble and run the new engines? You also have to factor in the reliability concern into the equation as well.