Verstappen: Hungarian GP radio outburst after engine failure was wrong

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says he was wrong to unleash an expletive-laden radio outburst during the Hungarian Grand Prix after his Renault engine failed

Verstappen: Hungarian GP radio outburst after engine failure was wrong

Verstappen was furious that his hopes of a strong finish at the Hungaroring were wrecked when he suffered a suspected MGU-K failure on lap six.

As his car rolled to a halt, he screamed over the team radio: "Can I not just go ahead and fuck it. I don't care if this engine blows up... What a fucking joke all the fucking time with this shit, honestly."

Although Verstappen said on Sunday night he would have preferred F1's broadcasts not to have censored his swear words, he was in a more conciliatory mood on Monday.

Writing on Instagram, Verstappen said although he was still unhappy about the events, he wished he had not been so outspoken in what he said.

"Looking back on yesterday the disappointment is still there," said the Dutchman.

"However, I should not have used the words I did in the heat of the moment. Emotions were running high after a good start to the race.

"These frustrations came for a reason, after another unexpected engine failure which have been happening too often over the past few years.

"We came to Budapest with high expectations and not being able to be competitive made it hard to swallow for us.

"I will go into the summer break hoping we will be back stronger after it."

Verstappen's boss Christian Horner increased the pressure on Renault when he suggested that the manufacturer was not offering the service that the team was paying for.

But his remarks drew little sympathy from Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul, who said his company had stopped listening to Horner years ago.

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