Max Verstappen got the jump on Lewis Hamilton off the start line and pulled away to easily win the 2023 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix – a historic 12th consecutive Oracle Red Bull Racing F1 victory – as teammate Sergio Pérez fought hard to rise up and bank a podium place in third.
Dutchman Verstappen took advantage of a slow Hamilton start to beat him to the first corner on the inside and began to increase his lead at the front lap by lap en route to his ninth win of the 2023 Formula One World Championship season and a superb seventh triumph in a row.
Max Verstappen, Driver, Red Bull Racing
The start was very important to me. I wanted to get a good first stint, which meant I could look after my tyres well and extend it compared to the others. The car felt really good today, and the balance was right with the increase in temperature. We struggled over one lap all weekend in qualifying, but I think it was the right call for the race. If I had a choice between the two, I would pick my race performance every time, but we will always make changes and keep trying to improve the car. I think people forget a little bit that winning 12 races in a row is extremely hard, but I hope it doesn’t stop there. We have to keep going, and I will always try to challenge myself. I had a lot of fun out there today, and I was smiling in the car. It was one of those days where everything went perfectly. Well, almost perfect. I think I will ask McLaren to pay for a new trophy for me! We need to review the footage like VAR to see who broke it because I heard Lando blaming me.
Sergio Pérez, Driver, Red Bull Racing:
Today was a good one, and getting to the podium was great. We raced initially on the hard compound, which was quite tricky, especially on lap one, but it ended up going well for a long time, and we got some good pace before going on the Mediums. The race today was not only very demanding physically but also mentally. I had to focus on looking after the tyres. It was really hot, and I ended up actually losing 3kg in weight. It was a good result, and now I need to find consistency. When the pressure is on you, and you can deliver, it makes you feel proud of what you are doing, so we need to keep going forward and pushing. I am focusing on myself and making sure I deliver to the maximum. It is great to be given driver of the day, but sadly that doesn’t get you any points! Finally, the record of 12 wins in a row is quite incredible. I am really proud of The Team: they have made history, and it is quite something to have been a part of that.
CHRISTIAN HORNER – CEO and Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
I remember, as a boy, watching Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost race with McLaren-Honda, and they achieved 11 consecutive victories. I knew then what an incredible achievement that was. To think that we have bettered that is a testament to the exceptional talent and dedication of the team, from the race track here in Budapest and back at the factory in Milton Keynes. It’s a historic moment and one that means so much. We certainly don’t take this for granted. Checo drove a great race today. It was a statement drive, showing everyone exactly what he’s capable of, and a race like this will give him a huge amount of confidence going into the next race. Max was typically phenomenal once again. He’s at one with himself and the car. He has total confidence and trust in the team. What we’re witnessing with him at the moment is a sportsman at the very top of his game. It truly is exceptional.