‘We will brush ourselves down and come out fighting’: Christian Horner vows Red Bull will bounce back with Max Verstappen having fallen behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship after another chaotic race in Hungary
- Max Verstappen finished 10th in Hungary after being hit in the first lap
- Lewis Hamilton came third and took a six point lead in the championship
- It was the second race in a row where Verstappen was on the wrong end of luck
Red Bull principal Christian Horner has vowed to ‘come out fighting’ with Mercedes after the summer break having seen Max Verstappen fall behind Lewis Hamilton in the championship fight.
Verstappen was in control of the title race until Turn 9 at Silverstone when he was sent careering into the wall at 180mph and another hugely frustrating display, which saw his race ruined by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas on the opening corner of the first lap, leaves him six behind Hamilton.
But Horner is refusing to give up the fight of Red Bull winning their first drivers’ championship since Sebastian Vettel in 2014.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner has vowed to ‘come out fighting’ with title rivals Mercedes
‘It was very frustrating,’ he said. ‘Some huge bad luck in a couple of races with parts and engines but we will brush ourselves down and come out fighting in the second half of this championship.
‘It has been a tough couple of weeks but things can turn around quickly as you have seen and there is still a long way to go.
Verstappen, who finished tenth to claim just one point over the last two Grands Prix, was hit by McLaren’s Lando Norris to severely damage a car that was not able to recover thereafter.
But he knew exactly who to blame afterwards by pointing the finger at Hamilton’s Mercedes sidekick in Bottas.
Max Verstappen was hit from behind following a collision of multiple cars in the first lap
‘Again, taken out by a Mercedes and that is not what you want,’ Verstappen moaned.
‘I was missing the whole side of my car and the floor was damaged, too, so it was impossible to drive.
‘I tried my best. It is something (to finish 10th) but not what you want. It is just disappointing.
‘We go again after the break and I will try my best and I hope my car is competitive.’
Teams will now take the mid-season summer break and return on August 29 for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa where Red Bull will look to reclaim advantage in the title fight.
Verstappen added: ‘We have had a lot of freak moments which have cost us a lot of points. We will never give up, focus on ourselves and keep pushing.’