Coulthard to use same engine for a third consecutive race 29 Jul 2008
Red Bulls David Coulthard will use the same Renault V8 engine for a third successive race at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. The unit was fitted to Coulthards RB4 at both the British and German events.
Although the regulations stipulate that drivers must use the same engine over two consecutive races, Red Bulls engine suppliers, Renault, have decided to extend the engines use to a third Grand Prix to help the teams championship chances over the coming races.
This is the first time we have taken this decision, explained Fabrice Lom, who is responsible for the technical coordination of Renault's engines at Red Bull. His V8 has not done too much running and we are not especially worried about its reliability. Plus, having our two drivers out of synch on the engine cycle means that we won't be putting all our eggs in the same basket.
"This decision will also help us in the second half of the season in terms of the logistical challenge. And finally, it means that David will not have to use the same engine in Spa and Monza, which are two of the toughest challenges on the calendar.
Coulthards team mate Mark Webber, who retired from the Hockenheim race with an oil leak, will receive a new V8 for the Hungarian event.