Red Bull demands penalty from Max Verstappen after engine problems wreak havoc at Hungarian GP | F1 | sport


Red Bull are optimistic that Max Verstappen will not incur a grid penalty after experiencing fuel problems during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The world championship leader will start Sunday’s race in 10th position after a “glitch” prematurely ended his chances of pole position.

Verstappen made a mistake in his first race in Q3, then a power loss issue hampered his final qualifying lap. Sunday will be the first time this season that the Dutchman will start a race outside the top three on the grid.

Power issues have raised the possibility of Verstappen incurring a grid penalty ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Requiring a new power unit usually results in a penalty.

But Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko does not believe the problem is serious enough to warrant a grid penalty. “With Max’s second attempt, we had a problem with the engine. As a result, he didn’t have full power, but only reduced engine power at his disposal,” Marko told Austrian sports TV. ORF.

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“But, of course, I still would have liked to start in the top three and I definitely think we had the rhythm for that because in Q2 we looked very comfortably strong. So a good turnaround but unfortunately the little glitch we got us started 10th.”

Mercedes star George Russell took the first pole of his career in qualifying on Saturday. It boosts the Briton’s chances of securing a maiden Formula 1 victory on a lap notorious for its difficulty overtaking.

Verstappen still leads the world championship standings with 63 points, but Charles Leclerc will be hoping to close the gap on his rival after securing P3. Leclerc suffered a disappointing crash in the French GP last week which further widened the gap between him and Verstappen.

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