Christian Horner teases more Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton incidents – ‘Tune in’

F1: Verstappen and Hamilton verbally spar

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Red Bull chief Christian Horner thinks there could be some first corner drama in the Hungarian Grand Prix tomorrow. That’s after Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas locked out the front row for Mercedes.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are on the second row on soft tyres and should get off the line faster.

They would then go off faster meaning they would need to pit earlier making it even more important they get past Mercedes at the start.

As a result, Horner believes there could be fireworks at the start of the race.

He said: “I guess there is going to be premium seats down at Turn 1 and Turn 2 tomorrow. Tune in, it is going to be well worth watching I’m sure.

“It is going to be an exciting start.”

He added: “We have got to make sure we take the fight to them tomorrow.

Verstappen was not surprised Red Bull were beaten by Mercedes in qualifying.

He explained that they wouldn’t have been safe on the medium tyre in Q2 and that is why they had to go on the softs.He said: “Clearly the whole weekend so far we have been a bit behind and it showed again in qualifying.

“Of course not what we wanted but nevertheless we’re still there in P3 and we’ll see what we can do. But so far not what I want.

“It’s going to be different [starting on the soft tyre to Merc’s mediums]. The grip was quite a bit higher on these tyres, we will find out tomorrow. It’s going to be really hot so naturally a softer tyre will not last as long as a medium, but nevertheless it will give us a good opportunity off the line.

“My lap time on the medium would have really been on the edge for the top 10 so that’s why we decided to finish the lap [on the soft in Q2].”

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying results

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
5. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
6. Lando Norris (McLaren)
7. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
10. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
12. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
13. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
15. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
16. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
17. George Russell (Williams)
18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
20. Mick Schumacher (Haas)

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