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.”

Christopher Bell survives caution-filled Chili Bowl Prelim

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Christopher Bell survived the most caution-filled Feature of the week to win Thursday’s preliminary night at the 33rd Annual Chili Bowl. His ability to hold the lead on restarts helped lock Bell into his seventh Saturday A-Feature since 2013.

“I pretty much suck on restarts. I do better when I get into a rhythm,” said Christopher Bell on twitter.

Bell started the feature in third place behind Danny Stratton and Jerry Coons Jr. He took the lead on the first official lap of the race, but not until after two Lap 1 cautions.

The Oklahoma native held the lead through the remaining 24 laps and eight cautions until being challenged by Shane Golobic and CJ Leary on the final laps. Golobic briefly made it past him though Turns 3 and 4 of the final lap. Bell regained control in 1 and 2 to claim the checkers.

“It was a lot busier than what I wanted them to be. Shane definitely made a race out of it and I hope the last four laps were a good show. It was a lot of fun … well it was fun because I won but if I hadn’t won it wouldn’t have been much fun,” Bell said regarding the final laps.

Golobic earned the second transfer into Saturday’s A-Main after starting to the outside of Bell.

Leary completed the podium with the pole sitter Stratton finished fourth.

Josh Most battled through the B after a hard crash in his heat. He rebounded to transfer to the A and drove from 22nd to fifth.

With the throng of cautions at the start and finish of the race, the goal quickly became survival. Only 15 of 24 entries completed the full feature. Notable DNF’s included Ryan Bernal who started fifth, Coons, who started on the front row and Thomas Meseraull in 15th.

NASCAR’s Justin Allgaier finished 13th and will have a long day ahead of him on Saturday.

Friday Jan. 18 will be the final Qualifying night for the 33rd annual Chili Bowl Nationals.

Thursday’s Results

1. Christopher Bell
2. Shane Golobic
3. CJ Leary
4. Danny Stratton
5. Josh Most
6. Austin Brown
7. Tracy Hines
8. Casey Shuman
9. Kyle Cummins
10. Andrew Felker
11. Austin O’Dell
12. Seth Carlson
13. Justin Allgaier
14. Chase Johnson
15. Johnny Herrera
16. Ryan Bernal
17. Jerry Coons Jr.
18. Matt Sherrell
19. Thomas Meseraull
20. Jake Morgan
21. Andrew Deal
22. Kevin Bayer
23. Kaleb Currie
24. Joe B. Miller