Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was left counting the financial and sporting costs after the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Red Bull lost the lead in both the drivers and the constructor's championship courtesy of damage sustained during the Turn 1 pileup.
After what had already been a tough weekend for Red Bull on and off the track, Sunday’s race was compromised early on as Max Verstappen suffered significant damage after losing his right bargeboard courtesy of Lando Norris hitting him after he was hit by Valtteri Bottas who mistimed his breaking point into Turn 1.
To make matters worse for Red Bull, Sergio Perez was eliminated on Lap 1 after being hit by Bottas at the same corner, damaging his power unit in the process.
Verstappen did continue after some quick repair work by his Red Bull mechanics during the red flag, but the Dutchman struggled with a damaged car and could only manage 10th as he lost the championship lead to Lewis Hamilton.
After the race, Horner, when speaking to Sky Sports F1, revealed the extent of the damage on both cars.
“Yeah, frustrating; Valtteri obviously made a bad start, looks like he misjudged his breaking point for the first corner; it’s sort of a karting error where you try and take too much back and unfortunately the result for us was that he eliminated both of our cars.
“I mean the cost of the damage. It looks like an engine on Sergio’s car, and for Max, the mechanics worked wonders to get that car even running; all the temperatures were off the scale they had to straighten pipes out, and it’s hugely frustrating.”
Despite going into the championship behind Mercedes, Horner remained upbeat and stated that Red Bull would come out fighting in the second half of the season.
“You know what look at the first half of this year, we’ve had six Grand Prix victories, the races we’ve lost are with tyre explosion, taken out at Silverstone and this weekend, so I think we’ve got a lot to be positive about and the whole team is fully motivated, we’re going to take a couple of weeks out, get recharged and come out fighting for the second half of this championship, and it’s all to play, I think the second half of the year is going to be epic and we ain’t giving up.”