Verstappen has to wait for new engine


The 18-year-old Dutch driver, who became the sport's youngest winner 10 days ago in Spain, tested the new power unit last week and reported on Wednesday that it looked a “very positive step”.

Renault had planned to introduce the new engine in Canada in June but have made one available for Red Bull for Monaco after indications that it could bring a gain of up to half a second a lap.

Kevin Magnussen will get the one available to the Renault works team.

“I'm looking forward to using it in Canada,” said Verstappen, when asked when he would get his.

He said Ricciardo, who set a lap record in 2015 on his way to fifth place and is ahead in the standings after five races, had the new one - badged as a Tag Heuer - for the tight and twisty Monaco track.

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Victory in Barcelona made Verstappen the youngest race winner in F1 history and he expected to see more Dutch fans on Sunday.

That astonishing success, on his debut for the team after moving up from Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, was helped by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg colliding and strategy decisions also playing into his hands.

Verstappen said he would be going about Monaco in the same way as Barcelona.

“We'll try to find a really good set-up for the car and get comfortable on this track because in the end that's very important to go fast and we'll see where it ends up,” he said. “I won the race in Spain, we'll see what happens now in the next few races.

“Of course Mercedes is still very strong so it will be difficult to beat them at the moment but we'll do our best.”


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