Max Verstappen attracted attention from the very beginning of the race. The driver started from P3 and made a beautiful overtaking of Valtteri Bottas, which allowed him to go ahead and sit on the tail of the race leader Lewis Hamilton.
Despite the efforts, the Dutchman and the team could not snatch the victory and finished in second place.
"It’s a great result for us to split the two Mercedes cars today after they have been so quick and I’m very happy with that. Overall, it’s been another strong weekend with a good amount of points which we should be happy with," - Max said.
"I made a good start and it was important to get past Valtteri early, which I did. I tried everything to stay with Lewis in the first stint but overall their car was faster and Lewis was a bit too quick today," the driver explained.
At the end of the first leg of the race, the driver wanted to go to the pits earlier than the team had planned, due to the deteriorating condition of Soft tyres, what he used at the start.
Max in his usual tough form required the team to stop, but the pit lane crew left him on the track much longer, which did not affect the result then, but potentially saved Max from the Racing Point guys.
At the final stage of the race Verstappen "was happy with his tyres", despite his closest rival Bottas went to the boxes for new tyres.
"From then onwards we focused on our own race and the car felt good. I expected some trouble from Valtteri towards the end when he pitted but I was happy with my tyres and he wasn’t catching."
Max admitted the second place is not what his and team’s goal, and fighting with Hamilton is still his main intention.
"Second is of course good but that’s not why we are here, we are here to win so you can never be fully satisfied unless you do that. At the moment we’re in-between the two Mercedes cars and of course we’d like to push Lewis harder but you have to be realistic as they still have the faster car."