Verstappen “unbelievably happy” with fourth in Hungary

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Max Verstappen made no secret of his delight after scoring his best result in Formula 1 to date in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing fourth.

Verstappen made his F1 debut at the beginning of the season at just 17 years old, but has proved that his age is not a sign of inexperience by producing a string of impressive displays.

The Dutchman managed to pick his way through the field in Hungary on Sunday before rising to fourth thanks to a number of incidents involving the front runners, giving himself a boost ahead of the mid-season break.

“Unbelievable – I didn’t expect that at all after my start,” Verstappen told NBCSN after the race.

“At the end of the race I had a bit of front wing damage, so even had to do a drive through, but to finish fourth… no words.

“I think in my second stint everything was going quite well. The guys behind me were not catching up and I was quite comfortable in the car. After the safety car restart, a lot of touching in front of me, crashing. I also had a touch so I had a bit of front wing damage.

“Towards the end, I was asking my engineer for what position are we racing, he said P4, I was like ‘what happened in front of me?'”

Verstappen explained how the result capped off a good first half-season in F1 that has seen him amass 22 points.

“I’m unbelievably happy with P4,” Verstappen said. “Now completely perfect [first half of the season].

“Before it was quite okay, but now with a P4 it’s really good.”

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: