Verstappen on successful start: 'I knew exactly where to brake'

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Max Verstappen came out on top during the Mexican Grand Prix. The Dutchman thus increased his lead in the world championship. Afterwards, Verstappen could do nothing but be satisfied.

The Red Bull Racing driver started the race in third place, but made up the ground in the first corner. "The start itself was okay, but then I had a good slipstream," Verstappen explained to Ziggo Sport. "Then you go to the first corner with three men and it's all about who brakes last. I knew exactly where to brake, so that worked out well."

During the race Verstappen interfered with Hamilton and Perez over the team radio. The Mexican was driving close behind the Mercedes driver. "I wanted to know how close they were to each other. It was just a top race again in Mexico." Verstappen had to leave the fastest race lap to Valtteri Bottas. "It's a shame of course, just we couldn't get it done with the tyres. That's always very crucial at this track. I was very confident today that it would go well. Only you had to get in front of it."

Speaking to Sky Sports, Verstappen shared further compliments for his teammate Perez. "Checo in the last few araces has picked it up. He was pressuring Lewis well towards the end and its good to have both cars on the podium especially having Checo on the podium at his home Grand Prix was incredible to see."

Hamilton versus Verstappen

Over the next four races, Hamilton still has to work hard to retain the world title. His gap to his rival is now 19 points. Next week the Brazilian GP is on the programme.

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