Monaco Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen to run upgraded Renault engine for the upcoming Monaco GP

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Monaco Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen to run upgraded Renault engine for the upcoming Monaco GP

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen will receive upgraded F1 engines for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, their respective teams have confirmed.

The French manufacturing giant Renault will bring two ‘B-spec’ power units to the Principality after successful evaluations.

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Ricciardo’s car will be fitted with the latest upgraded Renault engine which first trialed last week in post-race testing at Barcelona while Spanish GP winning teammate Max Verstappen will stay with the older version of the engine.

Renault has decided to bring forward the introduction of their new power unit by one race after a successful Barcelona test. The French manufacturer has been pushing for its debut to Monaco Grand Prix, even though this would mean only two of the new power units would be available, one for Red Bull and one also for the work team.

Meanwhile, Renault’s Kevin Magnussen will use the power unit available for Renault’s work team. Renault has already confirmed the reports that Magnussen will also be given the power boost for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The French manufacturing giant has expected a performance lift of up to half a second on certain tracks from these new engine upgrades after making significant changes to its combustion system.

The Monaco Grand Prix has been one of the least engine-dependent circuits on the F1 calendar, this means that a bigger performance uplift could be felt on the upcoming race tracks such as Canada and Austria.

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