Verstappen facing ‘bunch of penalties’ at Monza


As if his Belgian GP retirement wasn’t bad enough, Max Verstappen is now facing a “bunch of penalties” at the Italian Grand Prix – all engine related.

Verstappen retired on lap 8 of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, forced his park his RB13 because of yet another engine issue.

It was the Dutchman’s sixth retirement of this season and the fifth because of trouble with his Renault power unit.

And it is set to have a knock-on effect with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner revealing that the driver is facing grid penalties at Monza.

“I can understand his frustration, but the majority of them have been beyond our control,” he said.

“He’s now staring down the barrel of a bunch of penalties in Monza so it is really frustrating for him.

“He’s just been desperately unlucky. The issues haven’t been car-related, it’s been engine-related.

“We don’t know what happens behind the scenes, but Renault has always supplied equal equipment to both drivers in all the history we have had.

“It’s bad luck the failures on a Sunday seem to be happening on his side of the garage.

“Daniel has had as many failures, but they have tended to be on Fridays and Saturdays rather than Sunday afternoons.”