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Max made brilliant P2, what a drive from P18 – Red Bull

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Max Verstappen took a remarkable drive to second from 18th place on the grid at the United States Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took his first win in five years at the Circuit of the Americas.
There was a disappointment for Red Bull on other side, for Daniel Ricciardo, who forced to retire early stage in the race with an electrical problem.

“It’s brilliant what a drive from P18! He’s been a great man today racing for the lead there, what a drive!,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said.

“I knew there was a lot of discussion going on behind, about gaining on Kimi and Hamilton was getting closer and closer and Max was saying “I’m doing it carefully”.

“This is vintage Max – fair and hard racing. Today he’s driven an unbelievable race, he should certainly get your driver of the day if he hasn’t already.”

“We run a whole bunch of simulations to try and monitor the tyres and everything was telling us the tyres were done with six laps to go, but Max was saying he could manage it.

“All our tyre models were telling us there’s no way he will get to the end and he just did it and made it work. It was down to the temperature, and the change in pressure.”

Struggled with tyre degradation – Max

“I was struggling with my tyres and there was a few corners near the end when I had to close the door a bit,” he said.

“I was on the edge and sliding a lot and Lewis ran out of room and then you get marbles on the tyres and then you need a lap until they have grip again.

“I was struggling in the last 2-3 laps with my tyres, but it made it more fun.”

P2 from P18 was “unexpected”, the Dutchman added. “It was a bit unexpected, a good start, good first lap very quickly we were into P5 then we could follow the leaders.

“We made the right call to undercut Valtteri and then on the last three laps I ran out of tyres. I destroyed my shoe, pushing it hard but all good.”

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