Verstappen: Red Bull still unsure on cause of Hungary balance issues

Max Verstappen says the balance issues hurting Red Bull in Hungary are not down to the set-up of his RB16 Formula 1 car, but remains unsure of the cause

Verstappen: Red Bull still unsure on cause of Hungary balance issues

Red Bull slumped to its worst qualifying performance of the 2020 season so far on Saturday at the Hungaroring as Verstappen could only finish seventh in Q3, 1.4 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton's pole position time.

Team-mate Alexander Albon failed to advance beyond Q2, qualifying 13th behind the Williams of George Russell.

Both Verstappen and Albon appeared to be struggling with the skittish nature of the RB16, with both experiencing a number of spins through the first three weeks of the season.

Verstappen moved to explain some of the issues after qualifying on Saturday, but said the team was still looking into the root cause and had not yet found a solution in Hungary.

"We just don't have a good balance throughout the corner," Verstappen said.

"[There's] understeer, oversteer, lack of grip. Not having a lot of top speed as well. So everything together just makes it slow.

"Of course if we would have understood, then we would have changed it or made it better.

"But clearly something is wrong still. We're still looking into it."

Verstappen's Q3 time was three-tenths of a second slower than his pole position lap in Hungary last year.

Asked if Red Bull had taken a wrong turn with the set-up of the RB16, Verstappen ruled that out.

"No, I don't think it's set-up, because then I would be blaming my engineer which I think is not the case," Verstappen said.

"It's not set-up related. It's the same feeling every lap.

"Of course you keep pushing to the limit, and when you get to that limit, it becomes a bit tricky and easy to lose the rear.

"But for me, lap-to-lap, it's really similar."

Albon agreed that the car was difficult to drive when trying to push it to the limit of performance, and conceded he expected to perform better at the Hungaroring.

"Trying to be on the limit is pretty difficult on the car," Albon said.

"It's easy to make mistakes but it's not a fundamental issue, it's not one thing constantly. It's not been easy and obviously this came as a bit of a surprise.

"Red Bull Ring wasn't amazing, but we thought we would suit this track a little bit

shares
comments
The biggest surprises in pace swing from F1 Hungarian GP qualifying
Previous article

The biggest surprises in pace swing from F1 Hungarian GP qualifying

Next article

Racing Point F1 team is a "race winning contender" in 2020, says Mercedes boss Wolff

Racing Point F1 team is a "race winning contender" in 2020, says Mercedes boss Wolff
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Plus

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023
When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter Plus

When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter

Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2023
What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure Plus

What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure

Porsche whipped up a frenzy thanks to a cryptic social media post last week and, although it turned out to be a false alarm, it also highlighted why manufacturers remain such an important element in terms of the attraction that they bring to F1. It is little wonder that several other manufacturers are bidding for a slice of the action

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2023