After a second consecutive point-less finish this season, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez expressed his concern over the power unit in his car, stating that it was “very likely” that the team lost an engine.
While the Mexican started fourth, an opening lap incident from Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas led to a cascade of events, which ultimately led to Perez retiring from the race.
“It’s a big shame. [I was] up to third, I outbraked the McLaren, I was really finding good grip already and unfortunately got some damage and that meant basically I lost a lot today,” Perez said.
“I don’t know what to say.”
Perez entered Hungary having used up two of his three allocated power units. However, he has already used more control electronics and energy stores than permitted, so any further changes could trigger a grid drop penalty in Belgium.
“In the beginning; I thought ‘oh it was Lando’,” Perez added. “but it was clear that Bottas made a big mistake and took everyone out of the race.
“It’s a massive blow for the team but we also lost the engine very likely so not ideal.”
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner gave his opinion on the situation, post-race, calling the situation frustrating after Red Bull lost one driver and had Max Verstappen complete the race in a badly damaged RB16B.
“He [Verstappen] was driving with half a car. The whole right side of the barge boards were missing and he probably had less downforce than Mick Schumacher,” Horner commented.
“It looks like we’ll have to put a new engine in for Sergio. The mechanics have done miracles to get that car [Verstappen] running. They’ve had to straighten out lines, it’s just hugely frustrating.”