Verstappen expecting Ferrari to be ‘super strong’ in Hungary as Perez looks to regain form

Despite holding a 63-point lead in the championship after taking his seventh win of the season last time, Max Verstappen says this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix may not go smoothly for Red Bull – and that Ferrari might be “super strong”.

Verstappen took a comfortable win in France after pole-sitter Charles Leclerc crashed, and the Dutchman enters Hungary with what appears to be a lofty lead in the standings. But with the twisty low-speed corners in Hungary and the rain on the way on Saturday, the Red Bull driver said his team may not dominate here.

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“Yes, personally I think it will be a little more difficult for us, just pure” [on] performance in one lap especially,” he said. “I mean I don’t expect it to be terrible, but I do think Ferrari will be super strong here, as they have been all year of course, but I do think this is a circuit is where they could be.” , shall we say, very strong.

‘But we’ll see. Also the weather, I don’t know what’s going to happen, how much rain will fall, but all these things can come into play and it can do a lot to the result.”

Max Verstappen expects ‘tough challenge with Ferrari’ at Hungarian GP

Team-mate Sergio Perez, who finished fourth and finished behind both Mercedes on Paul Ricard, has not won since round 7 in Monaco. And the Mexican said he hoped to get back on top of the car this weekend in Hungary with some set-up adjustments ahead of a “critical” series of races that continues after the summer break.

“It’s still a very long season. l [don’t come] from such a good race but still finished fourth, good points. What has been killing me lately has been the DNFs; it’s been very expensive in the championship,” he said.

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“We’re going to try a few things this weekend, so hopefully [we can] get on top of everything. I’ve been home with the car more, let’s put it this way, than the past few weekends, but there’s nothing that really stands out. I think we should be able to sort it out quickly and get back to the form we’ve been in all season.”

He added: “I think these next four races, four weekends are very crucial in the championship.”

Perez enters Hungary just seven points behind Leclerc but 70 points behind his team-mate Verstappen, while Red Bull has an 82-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship.

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