Ask Tim: How Hungary put the emphasis back on F1's rank and file
In his post-Hungarian Grand Prix Q&A, Autosport's technical consultant gives his verdict on Ferrari's upgrades, Valtteri Bottas' failed pursuit of Max Verstappen and the heroics of his Red Bull mechanics
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I only turned the TV on at the time the mechanics were already working on the car on the grid, so I actually missed all the run-up to it. But from what I understand, the team had a portable X-ray machine to scan all the bits and work out whether any of the parts were beyond saving.
It's very rare that Formula 1 mechanics actually get to show off their skills in a time-sensitive situation on a race weekend. Normally, any incident of that magnitude in the race itself will mean the car has to be retired, and crashes like that in practice would similarly result in the car being brought back to the pits to be repaired between sessions behind-closed doors. So from that perspective, Max Verstappen was fortunate that it happened on the way to the grid, as embarrassing as that undoubtedly was for him.
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