SPORT NEWS – Verstappen explains controversial Flip 4 protection on Hamilton

Verstappen explains controversial Flip 4 protection on Hamilton

Max Verstappen says he took the safer choice by working huge off the observe when combating Lewis Hamilton within the Sao Paulo Grand Prix regardless of criticism from Mercedes.

Hamilton was attacking Verstappen for the lead quickly after their closing pit stops and had pulled forward utilizing DRS on the racing line on the run to Flip 4. Verstappen braked late on the within however didn’t make the nook, forcing each drivers off the observe and permitting the Pink Bull to retain the lead. Toto Wolff mentioned it was “actually fallacious protection” from Verstappen and “laughable” that there wasn’t a time penalty handed out, however the championship chief said he selected the safer route.

“We each tried to be forward into the nook, and so I braked a bit later to try to maintain the place and the tires had been already a bit worn,” Verstappen mentioned. “So I used to be actually on the sting of grip, in order that’s why I believe I used to be already not absolutely on the apex. And it’s a safer approach, of simply working a bit huge there. In a approach I used to be, in fact, completely happy that the stewards determined that we may simply carry on racing, as a result of I believe the racing on the whole was actually good right this moment.”

Hamilton ultimately discovered a well beyond on the identical nook after getting nearer out of Flip 3 and utilizing DRS, however Verstappen says he nonetheless loved battling with Hamilton and the way in which the championship retains ebbing and flowing.

“At one level, Lewis was behind me and I may see there was a number of tempo, and it was already fairly powerful to match that. I believe on the whole we did all the fitting calls, and making an attempt to simply cowl, so there’s not a lot actually to say about that. We had been only a bit too sluggish.

“And this weekend they had been very fast on the straights. I, in fact, must get my lap time by means of the corners, nevertheless it was very laborious on the tires this weekend, the observe. It’s not splendid however in any other case they anyway sail previous you so it’s the one factor you are able to do.

“I imply, I had enjoyable on the market. After all, I prefer to win however I believe second right this moment, with the protection I did, it’s additionally satisfying and, in fact, we’re nonetheless forward within the championship. You possibly can clearly see that one weekend it seems to be actually good for you, then the opposite weekend it seems to be actually good for them. Hopefully it should maintain going like this for the remainder of the season.”

SPORT NEWS – Verstappen explains controversial Flip 4 protection on Hamilton


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