Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner was very disappointed after the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Briton saw Max Verstappen finish tenth while Sergio Pérez already retired on the opening lap.

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"It was very frustrating," Horner told

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"Valtteri (Bottas, red) had a bad start and completely missed his braking point in the first corner. Then he immediately wanted to get too many people back, a typical kart error. Unfortunately for us, he eliminated both our cars. We have another heavy cost item. to grab."

Bottas also eliminated himself with his clumsy first turn action.

The Finn received a five-place grid penalty for the incident, which he must take at the end of this month during the Belgian Grand Prix.

According to Horner, it was a small miracle that Verstappen was still able to resume the race.

"The mechanics have worked very hard to get Max back to driving at all," he continued.

"In fact he was driving half of his car. On the right side his bargeboard was completely off. He probably had even less downforce than Mick Schumacher because of that. This is racing. Of course Valtteri didn't decide this morning to intentionally put his car in others. plant, but for us the consequences are very big."


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The Formula 1 drivers do not have to take action in the coming races because of the summer break.

The season will resume on August 29 at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

"Looking back on the first half of the season, we won six races, one of which we even lost with a blowout," Horner said.

"We were brutally eliminated at Silverstone and this weekend something similar happened again. We are now going to recharge the battery so that we are all set for an epic battle in the second half of the season."

Because Lewis Hamilton finished third at the Hungaroring, the Briton took over the lead in the World Cup from Verstappen (192 at 186).

Mercedes (300 points) also surpassed Red Bull Racing (290 points) in the constructors' championship.

See also: Verstappen loses World Cup leadership to Hamilton in Hungary, Ocon wins