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Max Verstappen

Verstappen wary heading to the Hungaroring: It's not our strongest track

Max Verstappen has yet to win at the Hungaroring in F1, but hopes to change that statistic at this year's edition of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen is curious to see how Red Bull perform at the Hungaroring this season, admitting that the circuit is "not our strongest track".

Verstappen arrives at the Hungarian Grand Prix with a commanding 63-point lead over Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, following the latter's crash in France.

It means the Dutchman will head into the summer break with the World Championship lead regardless of the race results this weekend.

However, having never won in Hungary, and with Red Bull's last victory there coming back in 2014, he is wary of competition around the tight and twisty track.

Verstappen: We will try everything we can to win

Previewing the event, Verstappen also noted the mixed weather forecast, with rain expected to impact Saturday's running.

"I really enjoy driving here as it's a bit like driving on a go-kart track; it has a very technical second sector which I like," said Verstappen.

"It will be interesting to see how the weather impacts us across the weekend.

"It's difficult to say how I think we will perform this weekend. It's not our strongest track, but of course, I want a good result and we will try everything we can to win it as a team.

"I'm looking forward to the summer break and hopefully the team can get time to recover so we can make a strong start to the second half of the season."

Perez looking to recover from French GP slump

On the other side of the Red Bull garage, Sergio Perez is aiming to bounce back from a challenging weekend at Paul Ricard.

Perez struggled with the balance of his car from the outset and lost out in a late battle with George Russell for the final podium spot.

"It was a frustrating weekend for me in France," reflected the Mexican.

"I didn't feel like I had the pace I wanted and wasn't fully comfortable with the car. We are working hard as a team to try and see what went wrong for us.

"It was a shame we lost the podium; the [Virtual Safety Car] came at the worst possible time for us in the race and the issues with it impacted me at the restart.

"For now, we will push hard and try to deliver a stronger result in the final race before the summer break and get back to the level we have been at consistently this season."

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