It 'wouldn't have been fair' to pass Hamilton when held up, says Verstappen

Sunday, 16 september 2018, 11:40 , by Paul Macdonald

Max Verstappen has declared himself pleased with his second-place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix despite Red Bull's engine concerns, and added that he felt it 'wouldn't have been fair' to pass eventual winner Lewis Hamilton when he was held up by back markers. 

 The gap between Verstappen and Hamilton narrowed to a second as a positional battle between Romain Grosjean and Sergey Sirotkin, with the French driver choosing to ignore blue flags, holding up the frustrated Brit and allowing the Red Bull to get within range. 

Eventually Hamilton had to defend and eventually got through, going on to win by over eight second in what was a routine victory. 

But when speaking to Sky Sports after the race, Verstappen felt that, all things considered, he was content with second and that attempting to squeeze past Hamilton in that situation would not have been right. 

He said: "It was not bad. It was a shame from the first lap because you can really see we missed top speed. But the team had a great strategy and we could get back into second and basically did our own race.

“We tried to follow Lewis a little bit and at the end we knew that second was going to be the result so we just needed to bring it home.

"[On Hamilton being held up] At first I thought it was not fair anyway with the way he was being held up, and even if I had the opportunity you can't overtake going into turn 10, so I didn't want to take the risk."

Verstappen was however less complimentary towards his car's engine and feels the team was able to achieve an optimum finish in spite of the problems they faced.

He added: "I was really confident that it would last but it was really poor to drive. I almost had to stop behind the safety car because it was not finding a gear, then in the pit stop I'm not sure what was going on, it was not that great.

"Throughout the race I couldn't short shift, but we managed to finish second."

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Comments (23)

  • Marc Krikke
    Wrong title. He didn't say he didn't make a.move. he said it would not have been fair IF he could have past hem. He was pointing out the holding up of the 2 in front. Do you really think Max would let Lewis go? Off course he would have taken the overtake.. BUT it would not have been fair. You make it sound like he would not pass if he could. Bad choice off words admins off this page
  • Bertrand Hourquescos
    He can't help but criticize the engine, that's a desease. In that case he's wrong because if Vettel could overtake him at the beginning of the race that's mainly because he put Verstappen under pressure in turn 1 and had a much better exit in turn 3.
  • Fab Teidy Ricio
    What?! That makes no sense....sometimes luck is on your side sometimes its not , or u think schummy pulled over for Hakkinen when his engine blew up in barcelona on the last lap?
  • Donnie Broadbent
    WTF That sounds a little cocky to me. Its racing and if he honestly could have passed Hamilton he would have.
  • Lia Loyz
    But in the interview he said he didn't wanna risk running into a turn!! How do you people come up with these headlines??
  • Tony Rocco
    I'm sure Hamilton would have forced his way if the positions were reversed. Plus the script is already written !!!!!
  • Don Garner
    ......Maxspeak for "I didn't want my Nanny to spank me for crashing the car..........again.
  • Jody Harrison
    the part that you left out: "you can't overtake going into turn 10, so I didn't want to take the risk."
  • James FD Hamilton
    So...suddenly, Max has discovered sportsmanship ??
  • Vincenzo Mascia
    Lol hahaha I will crash in you whenever but today I am a man lol
  • Sachin Kawatra
    Lying SOB..!! He tried and failed and now is making excuses.
  • Tyler Saulay
    He showed maturity on the first lap as well.
  • Saket Bajaj
    Utkarsh... Baap re baap aisa khayalat
  • Mark Harris
    Rubbish, he had a look and Hamilton shut the door
  • Marco Zona
    Yea, right
  • Rahul Kumar
    Abhishek Sridhar
  • Robert DeCastro
    He's full of shit.
  • Greg Nelson
    Huh? Max said that?
  • Bertrand Hourquescos
    Problem with the url ?

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