‘We’ll brush ourselves down and come out fighting’: Christian Horner swears Red Bull will bounce back

‘We will bring ourselves down and come out fighting’: Christian Horner promises Red Bull will bounce back after summer break with Max Verstappen falling behind Lewis Hamilton after another unfortunate race

  • Max Verstappen finished 10th in Hungary after being hit in the first round
  • Lewis Hamilton finished third and took a six-point lead in the championship
  • It was the second race in a row in which Verstappen was wrong

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has vowed to ‘get out of the fight’ with Mercedes after the summer break after seeing Max Verstappen fall behind Lewis Hamilton in the championship fight.

Verstappen had the title race under control until Turn 9 at Silverstone when he was sent into the wall at 180mph and another hugely frustrating display, with his race ruined by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the opening corner of the first lap, left him behind six Hamilton.

But Horner refuses to give up Red Bull’s battle by winning their first drivers’ championship since Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has vowed to ‘get out of the fight’ with Mercedes

“It was very frustrating,” he said. “Some bad luck in a few races with parts and engines, but we will polish ourselves and fight in the second half of this championship.

“It’s been a rough couple of weeks, but things can turn quickly, as you’ve seen and there’s still a long way to go.

Verstappen, who finished tenth and took just one point in the last two Grands Prix, was hit by McLaren’s Lando Norris to severely damage a car that was unable to recover afterward.

But he knew exactly who to blame afterwards by pointing the finger at Hamilton’s Mercedes sidekick in Bottas.

Max Verstappen hit from behind after collision with several cars in first lap

Max Verstappen hit from behind after collision with several cars in first lap

“Once again knocked out by a Mercedes and that’s not what you want,” Verstappen moaned.

“I was missing the whole side of my car and the floor was damaged too, so driving was impossible.

‘I tried my best. It’s something (to finish 10th) but not what you want. It’s just disappointing.

“After the break we will go again and I will do my best and I hope my car is competitive.”

Teams are now taking the mid-season summer break and returning on August 29 for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, where Red Bull will try to regain the lead in the title fight.

Verstappen added: “We’ve had a lot of crazy moments that cost us a lot of points. We will never give up, focus on ourselves and keep pushing.’

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