Max Verstappen was very much ‘Mad Max’ when his power unit gave in with just a handful of laps gone.
Red Bull looked like contenders for the win here with decent long run friday practice, but their pace went missing and neither of their drivers found speed in the rain on Saturday. After picking up a few places at the start to get him behind the Ferraris and Red Bulls a podium looked possible.
“What a f*cking joke all the f*cking time with this sh*t, honestly!”
Verstappen could only manage a lowly P7 in qualifying and a great start off the line – moving up to P5 by the second corner of the race – was quickly diminished by yet another Renault engine-related DNF.
Meanwhile teammate Ricciardo once again put in a storming drive in the Hungarian GP.
It proved another one of those ‘Showcase Sundays’ for Daniel Ricciardo as a series of his famous late-on-the-brakes overtakes brought a battling fourth place and a third fan-voted Driver of the Day award of 2018.
Of course, the small print would suggest it wasn’t really supposed to be that way on a low-speed circuit such as this: Red Bull had come into the weekend targeting victory after all, before the rain left their cars surprisingly all at sea in qualifying.
But when you qualify only 12th then drop to 16th on the first lap after first-corner contact, fourth place is certainly more than you can probably hope for.