Max Verstappen drove a legendary race at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner branded Verstappen’s performance in a rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix as “one of the best drives I’ve seen in F1”.
F1 young sensation had started from fourth position and picked up third when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen crashed out. He then made his way up by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg for second soon after a mid-race restart.
But, things almost went south for him on Lap 38, when his car turned dead left on the main straight and was pointing directly at the wall. Somehow, Verstappen was able to not only save it, but maintain the position.
The Dutch man had to pit for full Wets once more under the SC, called when Felipe Massa crashed out, and fallen firmly outside of the top 10 before the restart.
However, Verstappen recovered his way through the pack during the closing stages of the race and appeared in third position, behind only the Mercedes drivers.
“That was one of the best drives I’ve seen in Formula 1. His recovery was amazing,” Christian Horner tells Sky F1 about Verstappen.
“We gave it a go on the inters because it looked right at that cross over point. Daniel was setting purple sectors, so it was the kind of call that could have won the race, but in the end the rain increased.
“We gave him a huge amount to do and the way he drove those last 15 laps was unbelievable.”
“To be running in fourth place and give that up to go to the back of the field. We had that conversation with him behind the safety car and he said ‘I cannot get around the last sector on these tyres’ so from a safety point of view we put him on extremes and went for it. From the moment he set off he wanted to get back onto the podium and you could see it.” Horner added
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Horner: “He was using bits of tarmac, looking for the grip. You could see behind the safety car he was weaving and looking. He’s done a lot of karting and he was using all that experience and those lines.”
Was your favourite move the one on Rosberg?
Horner: “Play that one for Toto… It again is hugely brave, he went to the outside and just kept it planted, almost zero visibility.
“It was an amazing drive and he deserved that podium today.”