Have a little patience and then it can be about other things in Formula 1 than the crash between Verstappen and Hamilton on the opening lap of the British GP. This weekend the drivers will race at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian GP. The shockwaves of that collision between the number one and two in the world championship will still be visible on the Hungarian tarmac.
New car, but old engine
Verstappen’s car was so thoroughly in ruins that many parts could go into the trash. The car Max drives in Hungary is almost completely new. However, the engine could still be rescued from the wreckage of the RB16B, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko reports. Good news for Verstappen, because that means he still has one spare engine. Like all drivers, he is only allowed to use three engines this season. If he uses more, he will get a grid penalty at the race where he changes.
Do not let them get to you
But the most important consequence of the crash is probably the mental part. Whoever was to blame for the crash, it is clear that both drivers went in hard and were prepared to take a lot of risk to stay in the lead. The flames are pretty much in the pan in the battle for the championship. And because a hard crash and a 25-point catch-up by Hamilton was the result, that flame now seems to have become a blazing fire.
Coming weekend the rivalry between the two drivers will continue unabated. The cars were close at hand at Silverstone, so it looks like the driver who can keep his head up will win in Hungary. This is the last race before a three-week summer break, so a win or a defeat by Max this Sunday will be in your head for a long time to come.
Dates and times of the Hungarian GP 2021
Friday July 30, 2021
1st free practice: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2nd free practice: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday 31 July 2021
3rd free practice: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Qualification: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Race: 3:00 PM