On the weekend that he turned 20, Verstappen’s luck changed almost overnight as he took his second Formula 1 victory. Starting from third, before the start, the Dutchman watched as the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, the second-place starter was removed from the grid with a turbo problem. After the start he wasted no time passing championship leader Hamilton.
“In the beginning the car straight away felt good,” said Verstappen, standing atop the podium. “I saw Lewis was struggling a bit with traction and was clipping a bit more than me so I used my battery as much as I could. Of course, he has more to lose than me in the championship so I went for it at turn one and from there on I could do my own race.“The car was unbelievable. I had pace so if I needed to speed up then I could speed up. It’s amazing. It was a very tough race but, of course, incredible to win.“Especially after the season I’ve had, I think that this victory came at a very good time so I was really happy when I crossed the line and, of course, together with my Dad I’ve come this far and then I got a great help from Red Bull and now we’ve got champagne.”
1st Max Verstappen, 2nd Lewis Hamilton, 3rd Daniel Ricciardo, 4th Sebastian Vettel, 5th Valtteri Bottas, 6th Sergio Perez, 7th Stoffel Vandoorne, 8th Lance Stroll, 9th Felipe Massa, 10th Esteban Ocon, 11th Fernando Alonso, 12th Kevin Magnussen, 13th Romain Grosjean, 14th Pierre Gasly, 15th Jolyon Palmer, 16th Nico Hulkenberg, 17th Pascal Wehrlein, 18th Marcus Ericsson, 19th Carlos Sainz, 20th Kimi Raikkonen