After the upsetting result at British Grand Prix, the leader of the driver’s standings is all set to go toe-to-toe with Lewis Hamilton in Hungary after failing to score points at Silverstone. Havign suffered from a lap on collision, Verstappen was taken to the hospital after the Dutchman endured a 51G impact with the barriers after Hamilton touched him going into Copse.
However, it comes to be known that the Red Bull challenger which took some severe blows after the collision had a massive crash cost. It left Verstappen’s Red Bull in tatters and Helmut Marko has revealed it will cost the team a whopping £650,000. Moreover, it will have an impact on the money the team can put into development for next season’s car with the cost cap era in full swing.
Max Verstappen Pumped to Battle Out Against Lewis Hamilton in Hungary
Helmut Marko has opened up on the extent of the damage done to the Red Bull. He told RTL, “As things stand, it is about three quarters of a million euros, although the engine situation is not quite clear yet.”
Marko added, “Especially in times of the cost cap, it is a significant amount and hurts us.” He also believes Verstappen will be hungrier than ever to fight for the title when F1 returns on Sunday, August 1 with the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“Unfortunately, not in that car anymore since it’s completely damaged,” he said. “But you will see a very motivated Max in Hungary.”
Elsewhere, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was left furious by the incident at Silverstone and insists Hamilton was very luck to receive the punishment he did.
“Max has incurred a 51G accident. Lewis Hamilton is an eight-time World Champion (seven Drivers’) and he shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that. It’s unacceptable. He’s put a driver…thank goodness the biggest result for us is he was uninjured. He’s had to go to hospital for precautionary checks after a 51G accident, so I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.”