Max Verstappen warning fired by Martin Brundle as Lewis Hamilton sets pace at Austrian GP

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    “Actually, if you think about it, Budapest is a very good track for Red Bull. He’s always gone well there. I do think it plays into his hands at the beginning of the year. They’ll all be a bit rusty, because they haven’t been wheel-to-wheel since Abu Dhabi last year.

    “Alex Albon said Red Bull did their first pit stop [at Silverstone] and it was brilliant from the Red Bull team. We just know how finely tuned the F1 teams are, so I don’t think we’re gonna be seeing any slapstick stuff. They’ll just get on with it, get on with the programme and rehearse it relentlessly.

    “I think it will be about reliability, it will be about decent racecraft. You can’t afford to leave a race win on the table and take a comfortable third. But you can’t afford to drop out of the race either.

    “So, all of that, I think plays into Max’s hands for the first three races. I think he will be very strong and Lewis, Valtteri and the gang will have a fight on their hands.”

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