Max Verstappen dedicates Hungary GP spin to Red Bull employee

Max Verstappen recovered from tenth on the grid to take victory in Budapest last weekend.

Max Verstappen joked about his spin while celebrating with his Red Bull crew after his victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend.

The Dutchman suffered from issues with his power unit during qualifying, leaving him 10th on the grid, while George Russell took pole for Mercedes ahead of the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

The Dutchman cleared Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas off the line, and passed both Alpine cars of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

He then caught up to the back of Sir Lewis Hamilton, who was recovering from seventh due to DRS problems in qualifying, and they both found their way past the McLaren of Lando Norris in quick succession.

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The 24-year-old made an early stop from Softs onto Mediums, and cleared the Mercedes after the German side stopped him later.

Verstappen pitted again from fourth while he was on the tail of Carlos Sainz, before Ferrari made the strange call to bring in Leclerc, who had passed Russell for the lead, and put him onto Hards.

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The Monegasque had very little pace as a result, so Verstappen passed him, but had to re-do the job when he span at Turn 13, putting him back behind the Ferrari.

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Despite losing that time, he still cleared Russell and Verstappen in the pits, while the young Briton passed Leclerc for second.

Hamilton cleared Sainz after they had both put Softs on, before the 37-year-old passed his team-mate to take second, ending up almost 10 seconds behind winner Verstappen.

While celebrating his success with the Austrian side, Verstappen joked “even with a spin,” adding “that was for Helmut,” referring to Dr Helmut Marko, adviser at Red Bull.

The Dutchman now leads Leclerc by 80 points in the Drivers’ Standings heading into the summer break.