The Hungarian GP started in a dramatic way for this season as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing showcased phenomenal and exceptional teamwork to secure a podium with Max as both cars finished in the top five.
Anyhow, the Dutchman crashed before the race starts as he wanted to come back to the grid, thanks to the Aston Martin Red Bull crew who made sure everything works perfectly just a few minutes before lights out, very indeed, they have made teamwork of bees in a wet grid which from the seventh grid to second splitting the two Mercedes.
“This podium is definitely dedicated to my mechanics. I thought the race was over before it had even started. I braked, locked a wheel, came off the brakes and tried to brake again but went straight on into the wall on the out lap. I couldn’t believe it but I managed to reverse out of the wall and get to the grid. As a team, we never give up and the mechanics did an incredible job to fix the car so quickly, I don’t think anyone could actually believe they managed it but they all stayed very calm.
The track was still pretty greasy but I had a good start. You cannot plan going into Turn 1 but I saw there was a traffic jam on the inside so I thought I would go around the outside where I knew there was grip in the wet and it worked. The race could have been very different if I was stuck in seventh place for a few laps that’s for sure. We then made all the right strategy calls and I just had to manage my tires, be as consistent as possible and manage the backmarkers.
to be second here between the two dominant Mercedes cars is an unbelievable result and we did not expect it yesterday after qualifying and such a difficult weekend. We want to try to close the gap to Mercedes, they are really dominant at the moment so it will be very hard to beat them but we won’t stop trying.”