Budapest, Hungary - Red Bull's Max Verstappen was in no mood for Formula One's August holiday break after an engine failure sidelined him after five laps of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. His expletive-laden reaction over the team radio was largely bleeped out for the worldwide television audience.
"I don’t really feel like going away on holiday now as this isn’t the way I wanted to finish the first part of the season," he said later. "I would like to get back in the car to race again and finish on a strong result, unfortunately I can’t."
The youngest race winner in Formula One history, Verstappen has an army of fans with thousands travelling to Budapest to cheer him on; he feared they could suffer further disappointment down the line.
"I’m not sure if this will mean engine penalties for Spa," he said, referring to the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August which is also the closest to his home.
Team boss Christian Horner turned his sights on engine provider Renault.