Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen will race with updated power units at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix after Renault allocated one to each of the teams it supplies.
Red Bull and Renault tested the updated power unit in Barcelona last week ahead of its planned introduction at the Canadian Grand Prix.
However, the test went so well that Renault decided to bring forward its debut to Monaco, giving one updated power unit to each of its teams.
Red Bull decided to give the more experienced Ricciardo the updated power unit first despite Max Verstappen’s victory in Spain two weeks ago, while Renault has given its own one to Magnussen, who is ahead of Jolyon Palmer in the drivers’ championship.
Reports from testing suggested that the new power unit could be worth several tenths of a second, giving both teams a boost heading into the Monaco weekend.
Verstappen and Palmer will receive the second batch of updated power units for the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.