Max Verstappen has expressed that he believed that he would not start the Hungarian Grand Prix after a crash on his way to the grid, however the team repaired his car in double-quick time and he recovered to finish in second place.
The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver took second at the third round of the World Championship, and he was able to split the two Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team drivers.
Despite Valtteri Bottas hunting him down at the end of the race on fresher tyres, Verstappen held his place and was able to take second, which has allowed him to leap frog Lando Norris into third place in the Driver’s standings.
Verstappen began his reflection on the race by talking about his mechanics, as he went through the incident he had on his out-lap where he crashed into the barrier on the damp track. He stated what actually happened and how he had not expected to race, but gave a large amount of praise to his mechanics at Red Bull for their work on his RB16 prior to the race start.
“This podium is definitely dedicated to my mechanics. I thought the race was over before it had even started,” he admitted. “I braked, locked a wheel, came off the brakes and tried to brake again but went straight on into the wall on the out lap.
“I couldn’t believe it but I managed to reverse out of the wall and get to the grid. As a Team we never give up and the mechanics did an incredible job to fix the car so quickly, I don’t think anyone could actually believe they managed it but they all stayed very calm.”
Verstappen spoke on the race start and how even though the track was damp he was able to start the race well and progress up the order.
The Dutchman gave praise again to those on the pit wall as he talked of the strategy which Red Bull placed him on in the race, as he was able to keep Bottas behind at the end of the race. He did comment on the struggles he had during the race as he mentioned the start of the race as the track can be a hard place to overtake.
“The track was still pretty greasy but I had a good start,” said Verstappen. “You cannot plan going into Turn 1 but I saw there was a traffic jam on the inside so I thought I would go around the outside where I knew there was grip in the wet and it worked.
“The race could have been very different if I was stuck in seventh place for a few laps that’s for sure. We then made all the right strategy calls and I just had to manage my tyres, be as consistent as possible and manage the backmarkers.”
Verstappen suggested that Red Bull will have a lot of work to do if the team want to challenge Mercedes. Mercedes have taken every win so far this season and Red Bull will be hoping to put a stop to that.
“To be second here between the two dominant Mercedes cars is an unbelievable result and we did not expect it yesterday after qualifying and such a difficult weekend,” he said.
“We want to try to close the gap to Mercedes, they are really dominant at the moment so it will be very hard to beat them but we won’t stop trying.”