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Christian Horner

Horner reveals costly Verstappen Q3 error

It was 'only' second for Max Verstappen in qualifying at the Hungaroring.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has revealed a "snap" that cost Max Verstappen pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was pipped by just 0.003s by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to pole in Budapest after failing to improve on his second push lap in Q3.

It brought to an end Verstappen's run of five straight F1 pole positions, a run stretching back to Monaco, with the Dutchman struggling for balance throughout the weekend.

The runaway championship leader has failed to top a single session at the Hungaroring, though remains the favourite for the race on Sunday.

Horner's evaluation

"All credit to Lewis and Mercedes, it was a very strong lap at the end there," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"We left a little bit on the table, Max had a snap at Turn 13, but second on the grid is still very good.

"[Max] has not found a sweet spot, you could see that he was fighting the car a little today, but he is much more settled in the long runs, so hopefully that bodes for the race, but tomorrow is another day.

"Max wasn't that happy with the car, you could hear he wasn't getting what he wanted from the car in Qualifying - but it is going to be 10 degrees hotter tomorrow and that's going to pay havoc with the car balance in the race.

"We've got better race pace, but it is going to come down the start.

"We know there's a bit of history between those two, so as long as they make it through the first couple of turns, then they will have a good motor race."

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