Max Verstappen justifies sarcastic response

Red Bull’s pit crew put a dent in Max Verstappen’s chances of winning in Austin, with the Dutchman having to dig deep to finish in P1.

Max Verstappen has credited the design of the Circuit of the Americas as one on the reasons he was able to overcome the 11-second pit stop, and beat Lewis Hamilton to victory last weekend.

“It wasn’t made easy, but luckily this track is amazing to race at as well, so it’s not like some other tracks where then your race is over. This is a proper racetrack where you can pass,” he said.

“You see the first time I tried [an overtake] on Charles [Leclerc], this Turn 1 is so wide, but then if he opens up, there are different lines to come back at you.

“That makes great racing because it gives you so many different opportunities; pass on the inside or open it up, and then maybe have a cut back. It’s a good track,” explained Verstappen.

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The Dutchman was clearly annoyed by the slow pit stop, venting his frustration to the team on the radio.

“Beautiful, f*cking, beautiful,” he told his team after the stop.

“I was very upset,” the Dutchman explained after the race.

“But immediately when you press the pit limiter off, you have to keep you head down and go for it.”

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With only 20 laps to recover from the pit stop and win the race, Verstappen showed exactly why he is a two-time world champion, overtaking Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari after only five laps, and catching up to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes with six laps to go.

On lap 50 of 56, the Dutchman was right on the tail of Hamilton, and made his move with the help of DRS down the back straight, despite the Brit’s best attempt to make a late defensive move.

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This win was Verstappen’s 13th of the season, putting him level with Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher for the most wins in one season.

The 25-year-old now only has to win one of Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi to become the outright record holder.

With the drivers’ and constructors’ championships wrapped up with three races to go, Red Bull will be hoping that they can repeat the feat next season, and enter a spell of dominance similar to that of Hamilton’s Mercedes over the past decade.