Hungarian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says his RB15 just wasn’t quick enough to win the race in Budapest, as the tyres fell away in the closing laps.
Verstappen was defeated in the closing laps of the Hungarian Grand Prix, having employed a one stop strategy compared to Hamilton’s two stop strategy.
Verstappen had survived the supposed one stop pitstop change from the Mediums to the Hard tyre on Lap 25, showing enough initial pace to ensure he couldn’t be jumped by Lewis Hamilton. With Lewis not pitting for the same tyre until Lap 31, Verstappen’s lead was six seconds after the stops but was quickly reeled in by the Mercedes.
Hamilton threw everything at Verstappen in an attempt to get past the Red Bull, actually managing to get past into Turn 4 at one point. However, he had to yield the position back as he had gone off track to pull off the pass. Realising he was fighting a losing battle, Hamilton pitted again for Medium tyres with just over twenty laps to go.
With Red Bull wrong footed by the move and unable to respond immediately as they would lose track position, they kept Verstappen going on his Hard tyres. Hamilton was able to catch up the twenty seconds back up and overtook Verstappen with ease with five laps to go.
“We were just not fast enough.” said Verstappen after finishing P2, although picked up the consolation of an extra point for the fastest lap. “I tried everything i could on the Hard tyres to keep them alive but, unfortunately, it just was not enough.”
“I think it was a good weekend overall for us. Of course, congrats Lewis for the race, he was pushing me very hard – I liked that!”
“Today, we didn’t win. It was a good day, good weekend for us. We were just lacking a bit of grip. We tried the one stop and, of course, we had a new opportunity to do two. Today it worked out well for Mercedes.”