Electrical issues hamper Verstappen

By on Friday, July 24, 2015
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Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen was left to rue electrical problems which cost him valuable track time during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was 11th fastest in the second practice session but was able to complete only 19 laps, compared to the 37 racked up by team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

"We started the day off well, taking it easy, learning the track and setting-up the car," said Verstappen.

"It was quite a good first session, we were able to try a few different things on the car and we knew in what direction we wanted to go.

"In the afternoon my first run wasn’t perfect, and then, in the in-lap, I suddenly started to feel something was wrong with the car.

"Unfortunately this was due to an electrical problem which cost me quite a lot of FP2 track time. I was able to get out on track again but it wasn’t for long, as the session was red-flagged… So not the best of afternoons for a rookie."

Sainz was sixth quickest and is optimistic over his prospects for the rest of the weekend.

"I struggled a bit with rear-tyre overheating, but we were able to work around this and at the end of the day we can say we have a decent baseline to build on during the weekend here in Budapest," he said.

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