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Verstappen hopes to reverse the gap with Mercedes in Hungary

Verstappen started the day in great shape being the fastest in the first free practice session, but then was outmatched by both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the second test.

The Red Bull driver achieved a best lap of 1m17s310 when he mounted the soft tires that left him at 0s298 of the best of the day, set by Bottas, who in turn edged Hamilton by 27 thousandths.

Verstappen was heard complaining on the radio communication with his team of suffering sub-driving in his car, but the Dutchman attributed the behavior to modifications made in the set-up and the 60 degrees that there were on the asphalt of the circuit of Hungaroring on a day of intense heat.

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“It was because of some settings that we were testing from the first to the second practice, so we have to see which things worked and which did not. The track was also very hot, so it is never easy, but we will see,” said Verstappen about his words on the radio.

Asked where Red Bull should put the most eye for what’s to come this weekend, Verstappen replied: “Especially on one lap, but also on the long run. There are a lot of things to review, but nothing huge.”

Verstappen is not scared by the almost three-tenths of distance with the Mercedes drivers in the prelude to the last race before the summer break of the Formula 1.

“No, it is nothing too big to overcome. In general, it has not been an easy day with the track temperatures, so we will analyze everything,” he insisted.

Christian Horner, Red Bull boss, was in tune with Verstappen on the influence of the heat this Friday at the Hungaroring.

“I think we still have to find a bit, the drivers are not happy with the balance of the car at the moment. They have heard Max struggling a bit with understeer on his fast start,” he said.

“But we’re seeing almost 60 degrees of temperature on the track. So that’s having an effect on the way the tires are working. But I’m sure we can improve things from there.”

Additional reporting by Haydn Cobb and Adam Cooper

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