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Verstappen on Red Bull's pace deficit: It's nothing shocking

The Red Bull driver believes his team can turn things around overnight to be in a position to take pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen was not too dissatisfied with Red Bull's pace even though he was expected to be the driver to beat at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was 0.298 seconds slower than Valtteri Bottas in the second practice session and was also more than a quarter of a second behind title rival Lewis Hamilton. It was a small surprise given the characteristics of the Hungaroring which on paper should suit Red Bull.

"[We need to improve] especially over one lap but also in the long run," Verstappen said after FP2. Also, a lot of things to look into but nothing shocking.

"There's nothing too big to overcome. Just in general not an easy day with track temperatures."

Track temperatures hit 64 degrees celcius at its peak which caused lots of handling issues on Verstappen's car, most of which appeared to be understeer no matter what setup Red Bull tried.

"We made a few adjustments I think we were trying from FP1 to FP2 so, we need to look into which things worked and which things didn't," said Verstappen. "The track was also very hot so it's never easy like that."

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