Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull Racing will suffer less than main rivals Ferrari and Mercedes in the hotter conditions expected in Hungary on Sunday.
Verstappen and teammate Daniel Ricciardo start in fifth and sixth places, and the Dutchman says that long run data suggests that Red Bull is in good shape for the race, and that a good balance will help to protect the tyres.
“I did one [long run] today, and it was already warmer than yesterday, and it actually felt alright,” said the Dutchman.
“We’ll see. It can affect other cars more than hopefully us. In general in the heat we’ve been OK, but let’s see.
“It’s harder on the rear tyres of course, you need to keep them under control. Hopefully we have the balance to do that.”
Verstappen said he was still undecided on whether he will opt for one or two pitstops in the race, but reckons the hotter track will make the choice harder.
“I don’t know yet. With the heat it will be more difficult.”
Verstappen also acknowledged that overtaking won’t be easy, and thus he’s hoping to do some passing on the first lap.
“We always try of course, but it’s difficult to say where or how. But definitely this season the starts have been quite positive, so we’ll see what we can do.”