In Saturday's qualifying session Max Verstappen got P2 what made him one of the favorites of the Sunday race. However, difficult conditions and a mistake at the race start dropped the driver into the pack. After the missing leading in the race Max managed to recover lost positions and made progress. However, the battle with Sergio Perez where he had a spin and following pit stop for fresh tyres again held him back and prevented him from claiming a podium finish.
"We had a very difficult race in these tricky conditions and we struggled from the start to the end. It's a race to forget, to be honest,” Max wrote in his Twitter.
Speaking to Sky F1, Verstappen later talked about how frustrating it was out on track – as the drier racing line minimised the chances for anyone to overtake.
"It is just very frustrating to be honest," said Verstappen, who eventually finished sixth. "I tried to follow Checo through that kink and suddenly I just massively washed out and you get on to the green bit. It was a big spin. I tried to keep it out of the wall of course and then flat-spotted the tyres.
"After that, you can quickly catch up with the guys, but you can't pass, as it is just one lap around here. And already that line is very slippery so it is super-frustrating. We had to just wait for people to pit or whatever."
The driver also added: "Just following, no grip, trying to survive, so definitely not a great day. But hopefully we will never be in this situation again that it is so slippery."
Verstappen’s teammate the Thai Alex Albon had a solid first part of the race - he moved forward to early leaders at that moment Racing Point.
But after his inters started dropping off, the pace of Alex car fell away and he got. spin which made him to go to the pitstop for fresh tyres. At the end he came to the finish seventh.
"I feel a little bit confused from the race," said the driver. "From the beginning, our starts were very poor but then we had very good grip and we could make our way through.
"Then, when we boxed for inters, we had incredible grip, and honestly at that point I felt we were in for a win, and I thought everything was going to plan. Then I had a little pirouette but I still felt good and it was a long race and anything could happen.
"But then we put another set of tyres on, the same set of tyres, and we just had no grip and no pace. A lot of head scratching,” Alex added.