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RED Bull’s persisting engine issues might drag down Formula one Australian star – Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen.

A month after signing a deal to switch to Honda engines from Renault for the 2019 season, engine issues again reared its ugly head at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen, who had qualified in seventh, was frustrated when he lost power and was forced to retire on lap six.

Sky Sports analyst Martin Brundle wrote in a column for Skysports.com that Red Bull’s engine struggles could cripple the team’s second half of the year.

“Verstappen had his brain and right foot engaged from the get-go and put himself into a very handy fifth, ready for the watching brief and to punish Merc and Ferrari if they hurt their tyres on a track registering 57 degrees,” he wrote.

“Sadly, Verstappen’s motor would expire and he would be consigned to the grass swearing like … well like anybody else would who has dedicated their exceptional talent and life to winning races but keeps being denied through no fault of their own.

“The inevitable PR machine publicly unravelled his angst on Monday but we all got the real message. It’s going to be a long second half of the year between Renault and Red Bull until they get their Hondas.”

It’s been a frustrating year for the Red Bull drivers with Brundle praising Ricciardo and Verstappen for their driving ability despite the performance of their cars following the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.


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