Red Bull must understand the cause of the RB16’s “unexpected behaviours”, according to the Team Principal, Christian Horner.
Both Max Verstappen and Alex Albon have struggled to get to grips with their car all weekend, stating that the balance is all over the place, and despite working hard to get on top of the issue in practice, both cars struggled in qualifying with Verstappen only going seventh fastest and Albon 13th, having failed to make it out of Q2.
Albon stated that qualifying was “massively frustrating” and that ” a number of things didn’t go as planned”, having got stuck in traffic in Q2, before being unable to put a good lap together on his final run, and Verstappen was unable to explain why the car is struggling so much at the Hungaroring, compared to last year where he was in a race long battle for victory.
And, speaking after qualifying, Red Bull Team Principal, Horner said: “Today’s qualifying performance was not what we have come to expect as a team and we simply didn’t have enough speed.
“There are some unexpected behaviours in the cars and we need to understand the cause of this quickly.
“Alex had a less than ideal out lap in Q2, with traffic hampering his run, and was unable to put in a time good enough to progress to Q3.
“Max made it comfortably through to Q3 on the soft tyre but just didn’t have the balance, and therefore the pace to set a time faster than P7.
“He tried to improve his lap time on a second Q3 run but with only one set of new softs available in that session he was unable to improve on a used set of soft tyres.
“We now have to work hard as a team in order to get as much as we can out of the race tomorrow and ensure we have some points on the table and understand the car behaviour we are experiencing this weekend.”
Verstappen pointed to the lack of balance as a big issue, with the nature of the Hungaroring layout requiring a stable car balance-wise, but despite the difficult session on Saturday, he is still hopeful of being competitive in the race.
“Around here you really need a stable car which is very hooked in the second sector but we are just not connected balance wise with oversteer and understeer.” he added.
“For the race I need to stay out of trouble at the start as P7 is right in the mix and hopefully we can still score some decent points.
“As always, I won’t give up on the race result and of course it is not easy to overtake around here but I will still do the best I can with the pace we have, so let’s see where we end up.”