The Hungarian Grand Prix had had a dramatic start. The second-placed Valtteri Bottas lost control of his car at Turn 1 on a wet circuit. His Silver Arrow collided against several single-seaters and it opened the way to a brand new winner and a red flag, followed by a restart. Maiden winner Esteban Ocon, followed up by Sebastian Vettel, later disqualified, and Lewis Hamilton.
Fellow drivers are harshly criticizing the mistake committed by the Finn.
“Bottas lost the car. In the beginning, I thought it was Lando but yeah it’s clear that Bottas just made a big mistake and took everyone out of the race,” - Perez said to Sky during the red flag period.
“It’s a big shame. It’s a massive blow for us as a team but we also lost the engine very likely, so not ideal really.”
Red Bull will likely be penalised on the next race with the Mexican car too, just like it happened to Max Verstappen’s one. The Dutchman, indeed, received a penalty after his Honda engine has been found “cracked-up” after the British Grand Prix.
DNF 🇭🇺🏁— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) August 1, 2021
It was my bad today. Misjudged the braking for T1 in the damp conditions which ended my + many others race.
Learn from it. And recharge for the 2nd half!
Congrats @OconEsteban for the win! And good to see @LewisHamilton fight back to the podium for important points! pic.twitter.com/2ugXCsq4B2
Also McLaren’s Lando Norris suffered from a retirement which is heavy on his statistics, as he was bringing ahead a 100% points-scoring streak in the first half of the 2021 season. And he was the only one to have this record before the retirement in this race due to Bottas’ error.
“Yeah, not much to say, - Norris told Sky – Just annoyed I guess.”
“Lap one, I don’t know why it was to happen, why risk doing those stupid things. Nothing I can do, not much to say.”
The Briton was slapped with a three-place penalty but he decided to talk about if Bottas had to be penalised too after that move that Norris labelled as “stupid”.
“Of course. If I get a penalty for not even doing anything wrong in other tracks, he should deserve a much bigger penalty than what I got. We’ll see. I hope they have some common sense, they do what they should do. It’s not up to me at the end of the day.”
After talking with The Race, he deepened the discussion – “He said sorry. Of course it doesn’t change anything now. But of course he should get a penalty.”