Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
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Hungarian GP: Max Verstappen and Red Bull unhappy with Renault

Hungarian GP: Max Verstappen and Red Bull unhappy with Renault

Told by his team to stop, a furious Verstappen yelled: "Can I not just keep going?"

It is no secret that Red Bull are splitting with Renault at the end of the season.

Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in first practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, living up to expectations that Red Bull would be among the favourites at a track that suits their auto.

He had been on a tear during the opening laps, seeking to close down the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers, but reported a sudden loss of power before being instructed by the Red Bull pitwall to shut his auto down for the day. I suppose no surprise really. "If we have to take penalties, I don't know yet but at the end of the day again at the moment I don't really care".

The 20-year-old said that, in addition to poor reliability, "We lack power".

Also furious was Verstappen's boss Christian Horner.

Sky Sports F1 is the only place to watch every Formula 1 Grand Prix, qualifying and practice session live in 2018. 'Cruel luck for Max, it's an engine issue.


"I was happy today, happy to finish and get some points and have a race I feel I maximised". We pay multi-millions of pounds for these engines and for first class, or state-of-the-art product, and you can see it's quite clearly some way below that.

"I think we have a good enough auto to be on the front row".

The team won four drivers' and constructors' titles with the team between 2010 and 2013, and have won three races this year, but engine problems have plagued their season.

Red Bull are switching to Honda engines for 2019, after a long and often fruitful partnership with Renault, which has turned sour in recent times.

Last weekend, Ricciardo took grid penalties in Germany and started at the rear of the field. "We still have Daniel in the race and I will let Cyril [Abiteboul, Renault Managing Director] come up with his excuses afterward".

The issue compounded Red Bull's misery on what had been a hard race weekend at one of its more favourable tracks - and Verstappen said after the race that both he and teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who finished fourth, deserved better. The normal strategy would have been to change everything.

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