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Formula 1 Rumors: Honda considering a new engine for Max Verstappen ahead of Saudi Arabia GP

Max Verstappen could be handed a grid penalty if Honda decides to give him a new engine for the last two races of the season.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen has been involved in a tense championship battle with Lewis Hamilton this season. The two drivers are separated by just eight points, with two races remaining. The Saudi Arabian GP will be held in the coming weekend in Jeddah, which could very well decide the fate of the championship.

Lewis Hamilton bounced back strongly in Brazil, despite being awarded a virtual 25-place penalty. The Briton has now won back to back races, with the last one coming in Qatar a few weeks ago. Lewis Hamilton was given his fifth internal combustion engine in Brazil, whereas, Max Verstappen was given his fourth ICE during his second place finish in Russia.

Lewis Hamilton handed a massive boost ahead of Saudi Arabia GP

Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Qatar GP

According to reports from Motorsports, Red Bull and Honda are considering the option of giving Max Verstappen his fifth internal combustion engine in Jeddah. This means that he will take a five-place grid penalty, leaving Lewis Hamilton with an advantage.

Honda wanted to give Verstappen his new engine in Qatar, as the track was suited for over-taking. However, they decided against it, and stuck to their original plan. It will be interesting to see as to what Red Bull decide for their driver, who cannot afford to have any slipups at this point in time.

Jeddah is expected to be a circuit with fast corners, however, this means that the over-taking opportunities will be compromised. This is the first time the race will be held in Saudi Arabia, as Formula One inked a 10-year deal with the new circuit.

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