Verstappen has "a lot of work to do" after practice

Max Verstappen says Red Bull has "a lot of work to do" after a difficult Friday of practice running ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen has "a lot of work to do" after practice

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice and set his fastest time on the hard compound tyre, while Verstappen could only finish eighth, 1.4 seconds off the pace.

Verstappen was heard exchanging feedback with his race engineer over a programme in the opening session, asking to come in early and end a run, saying: "This is bad."

A wet second practice prevented Verstappen from gaining any feedback on any adjustments to the Red Bull RB16 between the sessions, finishing seventh.

Read Also:

Asked how FP1 went, Verstappen said the session had been "not so good", leaving Red Bull with work to do heading into Saturday.

"Plenty to look into, and of course, a little bit of a shame that it was raining in the second practice," Verstappen said. "Otherwise I think we already could have had a look. But yeah, a lot of work to do."

"[I'm] not so happy, but luckily we have a night to look at it, and make some changes and try to do better tomorrow."

Asked where the Red Bull car was currently lacking Verstappen replied: "Just balance, overall. So we need to look it up."

Teammate Alexander Albon finished a lowly 13th in opening practice, explaining that he found the Red Bull car unpredictable at times.

"I think weather has been hurting us a bit, just trying to understand the car a bit better," Albon said.

"FP1 wasn't ideal, and we couldn't really try anything for FP2. So we'll have to look through the data a bit more in detail tonight and see what we can come up with for tomorrow.

"[It was] just more predictability than anything else. It's not one corner, and it's not a big margin in a specific place. It's just bits everywhere.

"The car is not quite what we want. And just have to do some work to find out what's going on."

Red Bull had been talked up as Mercedes' primary rival for Hungary after impressing through the slow-speed corners in Austria at the opening two races.

But Albon said the struggles he was having with the car followed a trend that had been seen through his running to date in 2020.

"I'd say it's quite similar. But there definitely have been places, like in race two we made a big improvement," Albon said.

"Then coming here, it just hasn't followed through as nice as we expected."

shares
comments

Related video

Hamilton expects a "lot closer" Hungarian GP qualifying

Previous article

Hamilton expects a "lot closer" Hungarian GP qualifying

Next article

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch, channel & more
Load comments
The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Prime

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed.

How Lotus uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Prime

How Lotus uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021
The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Prime

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Callum Ilott what Red Bull couldn't Prime

How Ferrari offered Callum Ilott what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says Oleg Karpov, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Prime

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says Mark Gallagher, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors.

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1's sprint race repeat Prime

The unexpected benefit of F1's sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap-one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to Hamilton/Verstappen F1 shunt Prime

The off-track considerations that led to Hamilton/Verstappen F1 shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming.

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021