Verstappen: Radio swears due to high Budapest hopes

'Power unit failures happening too often this year'

Hungarian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has said that the high expectations ahead of the race at the Hungaroring made the race retirement “hard to swallow”.

Red Bull came to the Hungarian Grand Prix as one of the favourites for victory, owing to the decreased demand on power units.

However, after a poor wet-weather qualifying performance which left Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in seventh and twelfth respectively, they were forced to make up ground in the race.

Verstappen’s race only lasted six laps, and he retired with power unit issue, whilst Ricciardo fought back to finish in fourth place, aided by late dramas for Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

The Dutchman’s early retirement was met by a series of expletives over the team radio, which he blamed on “high expectations” in a social media post after the race.

“Looking back on yesterday the disappointment is still there. However, I should not have used the words I did in the heat of the moment. Emotions were running high after a good start to the race,” said Verstappen.

“These frustrations came for a reason, after another unexpected engine failure which have been happening too often over the past few years.

“We came to Budapest with high expectations and not being able to be competitive made it hard to swallow for us. I will go into the summer break hoping we will be back stronger after it.”

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