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verstappen at home

Verstappen: I’m definitely ready to go again!

verstappen at home

While some await Max Verstappen’s ‘retaliation’ for his first lap incident with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone two weekends ago, the Red Bull driver is ignoring the hype as the Formula 1 circus heads to Hungary this weekend.

Although the no points score at the recent British Grand Prix hurt the Dutch ace’s F1 world championship campaign, he remains favourite to win Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix as the Red Bull RB16B is sure to be a hard catch around the Monaco-style venue on the outskirts of Budapest where downforce is king.

Verstappen said in the team preview of this weekend’s Round 11: “I don’t have much to say on all the media hype and to be honest I am not interested in getting involved in any of that.

“I know what happened at Silverstone as I was in the car and obviously I feel a certain way about how my race ended but now I’m just focusing on making sure we are the best we can be on track so we can stay ahead in the championship.

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“The team can take care of the official side of things and anything that needs looking into after the crash but my job is the same as always – to be the best I can and try to win on Sunday,” he added.

Last year Verstappen crashed on the way to the grid, damaging his front wing and suspension giving his mechanics added work before the race even started.

He recalled: “I enjoy Hungary as a track and let’s hope there is a little less action on the way to the grid as the mechanics worked some sort of miracle to get my car out for the race last year!”

Last year Hamilton was untouchable at the venue, with Mercedes locking out the front row on Saturday and the Briton doing the business on Sunday with Verstappen chasing all afternoon to finish second.

Smarting from the bruises and DNF at Silverstone, the Red Bull driver continued: “I’m happy to get back on track in Hungary this weekend, especially after the last race result. I’m a little bruised of course but that’s normal after such a big impact but I’m training and feeling good.

“I did a 24 hour (iRacing) sim race this week and it was a good test to see how my body would react to spending time sitting in one position and behind screens for a long time, I felt absolutely fine which makes me feel positive heading into the weekend. I’m definitely ready to go again!” declared Max.

Heading to Hungary, Verstappen leads the championship standings after ten rounds by eight points with Red Bull four points to the good over Mercedes which is about as close as it gets to a championship reset.