Max Verstappen injured ahead of 2023 Hungarian GP

Max Verstappen injured his hand and finger on Thursday ahead of the British Grand Prix.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 99 points on Sunday, following a strong victory at the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen did well to recover from a bad start, which saw him slip behind Lando Norris on the run into Turn 1.

Norris made an excellent launch from his starting position and led the opening laps, until Verstappen breezed past with the help of his DRS.

The Red Bull driver went on to control the remainder of the race, including a late Safety Car restart, which could have caught the Dutchman out.

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His win at the Silverstone International Circuit marked his sixth in a row, a feat which has only been achieved by four other drivers.

Verstappen simply can’t be stopped at the moment, with a hand injury having certainly not slowed him down.

It was noticed on Saturday after he claimed pole position that his hand was strapped up with medical tape, something which was questioned by reporters.

The 25-year-old revealed that he hurt his hand and finger, but that it was “fine” whilst in the cockpit of his RB19.

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“Yeah, it looks a bit interesting, right? But yeah, it’s just a hand injury,” Verstappen said.

Verstappen then added: “Yeah, that’s why I said it looks quite interesting, right? But yeah, I injured my finger – it’s not making it better – injured my finger and my hand at the same time but it’s fine when I’m driving it’s okay.”

The two-time World Champion went on to explain how he actually hurt himself, and that it happened on Thursday ahead of the British GP.

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Verstappen admitted that it was caused by him placing his hand “in a wrong way”, but that he wasn’t thinking about the injury whilst driving.

“I don’t know exactly. It was on Thursday morning. Maybe I just placed my hand in a wrong way or pushed in a wrong way. Very weird,” Verstappen told Autosport.

“The adrenaline kicks in then, anyway. When I’m driving, I don’t think about it too much either. Yesterday it was a little harder, but today was pretty okay.”

There is no risk of Verstappen missing the upcoming 2023 Hungarian GP due to the injury.